Robin YountRobin R Yount
Inducted to the Hall of Fame in: 1999
Primary team: Milwaukee Brewers
Primary position: Shortstop
Robin Yount left everything on the field during his 20-year big league career with the Milwaukee Brewers.
In fact, Yount left it all over the field – winning the American League Most Valuable Player Award at two positions and establishing himself as one of the most versatile players in history.
Drafted by the Brewers with the third overall pick in the 1973 draft (one selection ahead of the Padres’ Dave Winfield), Robin Yount made his debut for Milwaukee at the age of 18 in 1974 and quickly became the Brewers’ starting shortstop. With almost two full seasons as a regular before he turned 20, Yount broke Mel Ott’s longstanding record for most MLB games played as a teenager with 243.
By 1980, Yount had established himself as a power-hitting shortstop, blasting an AL-leading 49 doubles with 10 triples and 23 home runs. It started a streak of 11-of-12 seasons posting double-digit home run totals from 1980-1991. He also collected more hits – 1,731 – than any other player in the 1980s.
In 1982, Yount led the American League with 210 hits and 46 doubles for a league-leading .578 slugging percentage, won a Gold Glove Award at shortstop and also led the Brewers to their first pennant. Milwaukee lost the 1982 World Series in seven games to the St. Louis Cardinals, but Yount hit a blistering .414 with a home run, six runs scored and six RBI.
Yount was a near-unanimous pick for AL MVP in 1982. Before Yount in 1982, only three AL shortstops had won the MVP award: Lou Boudreau in 1948, Phil Rizzuto in 1950 and Zoilo Versalles in 1965.
“It’s quite an honor,” Yount said. “It’s the type of award you can’t win without help from everybody else on the team. When I’m 50 years old, sitting around with my kids, I’m gonna have a pile of cash over here and 1982 over there. What do you think I’ll want to talk about?
“I don’t get goosebumps when I open my pay envelope. But look at me when I start talking about 1982.”
Injuries short-circuited Yount’s career at shortstop and forced him to move to the outfield in 1985. He proved a quick study, and in 1989 Yount won his second MVP award – at the time only the third player to win MVPs at two different positions.
That season, Yount hit .318 with 21 home runs and 103 RBI.
The durable Yount averaged better than 142 games per season over 20 years, and his career totals continued to mount into his 30s. In the seventh inning of the Brewers’ Sept. 9, 1992 game against the Indians, Yount singled for his 3,000th hit, becoming the 17th player – and the third-youngest – to achieve that mark. He still holds the Brewers’ franchise records for games, at-bats, runs, hits, doubles, triples, home runs, RBI, total bases, and walks.
Yount was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1999 in his first year of eligibility.
Year Inducted: 1999
Primary Team: Milwaukee Brewers
Position Played: Shortstop
Birth place: Danville, Illinois
Birth year: 1955
Milwaukee Brewers (1974-1993)
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