Ross Middlebrook Youngs
Born: April 10, 1897 in Shiner, Texas
Died: Oct. 22, 1927 in San Antonio, Texas
Debut: 1917 | Pos: OF
H: 5'8" | W: 162 | B: L | T: R
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Ross Youngs' career is one marked by high praise and a tragic illness. The outfielder who played in four World Series in the 1920s was elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame by the Veteran's Committee in 1972.
He was just 29 years old when he died in October 1927 from Bright's disease. The disease had forced him to leave his team in the middle of the 1926 season.
He hit .322 in his 10-year career with 42 home runs, 592 RBI and 153 stolen bases. He spent his entire career with the New York Giants. His best season came in 1921 when he hit .327 with three home runs and 102 RBI. He hit career highs in home runs (10) and batting average (.356) in 1924.
Giants manager John J. McGraw had high praise for the outfielder.
"He was the greatest fighter I ever saw on a baseball field," McGraw said. "The game was never over with Youngs until the last man was out. He could do everything a baseball player should do and do it better than most players.
"As an outfielder, he had no superiors. And he was the easiest man I ever knew to handle. In all his years with the Giants, he never caused one minute's trouble for myself or the club."
Youngs debuted with the Giants in 1917 at 20 years old and he played in the 1921, 1922, 1923 and 1924 World Series. He hit .286 in 91 World Series at-bats. His postseason numbers include a home run, 10 RBI, 10 runs scored and three stolen bases.
The Giants won the 1921 and 1922 Series.