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Rober R Yount is an American baseball player born on September 16, 1955. He was a specialist shortstop player for his entire 20-year career in Major League Baseball. He was born in Danville, Illinois but moved with his family to California while still an infant. Yount attended the William Howard Taft High School in Woodland Hills.
Yount was the third overall pick in the 1973 Major League Baseball Draft. He made his major league debut at the age of 18. His first four games were event-less and after going hitless, he made a breakthrough with a game-winning home run in his sixth game. He currently holds the record for the last 18-year-old who hit a home run in the Major Leagues. Yount was again at the records when two days before he turned 20, he broke Mell Ott’s 47-year-old record for most games played in the major league.
The 1982 season saw Yount leading the score list with 210 hits. The AL East race in 1982 was tied on the final day of the season with the winner take all game between the Brewers and the Baltimore Orioles. Yount who was with the brewers hit home runs in each of his first two at-bats.
Yount finished the game for the Brewers with a four-hit game and won 10-2. Apart from his 200 hit season, he hit 29 home runs which were his career-best. He also recorded a 114 RBI and a .331 batting average. Yount finished the year with a .578 slugging percentage and .957 OPS. In the major league, his slugging percentage was the second-highest ever by a shortstop. In 1982, Yount also won his maiden Gold Glove Award and Most Valuable Player Award.
Yount developed a shoulder problem and was thus moved to the outfield in 1985. By 1986, Yount was a regular center fielder for the Brewers. In his playing career, he played more than 1200 games in the outfield with a .990 fielding percentage.
In 1989 Yount decided to be a free agent and negotiated with several teams for contract offers. He almost struck a deal with the California Angels but before anything could shape up, Yount signed a $9.6 million, 3-year contract with the Brewers in 1990.
On the momentous day of September 9, 1992, Yount recorded his 3000th career hit, becoming the third-youngest and the 17th player in history to reach the mark. By the end of the 1993 season, Yount announced his retirement.
With a great a colorful career behind him, Yount was inducted into the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999. The Brewers retired his number in 1994 right after his official retirement.
In the winter of 1978, Yount threatened to retire from the game and rather take up golf than be underpaid by the Brewers. Yount remained absent for a few games to reiterate his demands. Finally, his requirements were met and he came back to the team.
Yount was one of the earliest proponents of weight training. There was a great improvement in his power-hitting which made weight training popular among all players across different teams.
Yount met his wife Michelle at Taft High School. They married in 1979 and have remained married ever since. His brother, Larry was a pitcher and played briefly for the major leagues. Yount’s son, Dustin also played baseball but only for the minor leagues. Yount’s nephew, Austin Yount played professional baseball for the Dodgers.
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