- SS, OF, DH, 1B, CF, LF
- September 16, 1955
- 165 lbs
- Major League Debut:
- 4-05-1974 with ML4
- Allstar Selections:
- 1980 SS, 1982 GG, 1982 ML, 1982 MVP, 1982 SS, 1989 MVP, 1989 SS
- Hall of Fame:
Originally a lanky shortstop, Yount built himself into a line-drive hitter who helped set the trend later adopted by shortstops like Cal Ripken, Barry Larkin, Alex Rodriguez, and Nomar Garciaparra. The Brewers drafted him third in 1973 – the Rangers taking David Clyde and the Mets selecting John Stearns in front of him. In 1974, at the age of 18, he became the Brewers regular shortsop, thus becoming one of the youngest everyday players in history. In 1975 teammate Henry Aaron called him the best prospect in baseball.
That talent was not an accident. Yount’s older brother Larry was a longtime minor league pitcher who appeared in one game for the Astros in 1971. Robin had grown up with his two older brothers in California, where the family had moved when he was one year old. Yount had been born in Danville, Illinois. Prior to his selection by the Brewers in the draft, Robin declined a scholarship from Arizona State to play baseball.
An excellent athlete, in the spring of 1978 Yount quit baseball to attempt a professional golf career. Though he was a superb golfer, the experiment only lasted a few months before he was back in the lineup for the Brewers. Yount displayed his love for the vigorous life all through his career – racing motor bikes, go-carts and automobiles despite the concerns of Milwaukee management that he would break his neck – or worse. When he retired in 1993 he drove a motorcycle around the field after his last home game.
In 1982, Yount won the MVP award as he became the first shortstop to lead the AL in slugging and total bases. After a tight playoff race, he led Milwaukee into the World Series against the Cardinals, with whom the Brewers had made a blockbuster trade just a year earlier. In the Series Yount hit .414 and collected four hits in two games. He an Paul Molitor almost carried the team to the victory, but the Redbirds prevailed in seven games.
Molitor and Yount were teammates for 15 seasons beginning in 1978. They formed one of the most productive duos in baseball history. Though Molitor moved on and won a World Series title with Toronto, Yount never attained the pinnacle team reward.
In 1989, Yount won his second MVP, this time as a center fielder, a position he had assumed in 1985. Yount became the third man to win the award at two different positions,(Alex Rodriguez would later join this group). joining Hank Greenberg and Stan Musial. His 1,479 games at shortstop and 1,150 games in center field are the most by a player at two positions.Yount was the first AL player to win multiple MVP's in over twenty-five years, since the Yankees' Roger Maris (1960 & 1961) and Mickey Mantle (1956, 1957, and 1962).
On Sept. 9, 1992, Yount collected his 3,000th career hit, off jose Mesa, becoming the 17th player to reach the mark.
Yount was a model of consistency in the clubhouse and on the field in his two decades as a player. He was on the disabled list only three times in his career. He gave no quarter and he asked for none. He had no room for players who didn’t hustle or weren’t concerned with winning. A scout summed up his level of consistency when he mentioned late in Yount’s career that he had been clocking Robin from home to first since he was a rookie and he had never been faster than 4.1 or slower than 4.2 seconds.
He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999, his first year of eligibility. That same year, he was included in the balloting for the Major League Baseball All-Century Team, finishing fifth among shortstops.
Yount holds Brewers career records for games, at-bats, runs, hits, doubles, triples, home runs, RBIs, total bases, walks and strikeouts. He was the last active major leaguer who was a teammate of Hank Aaron (1975–1976). Robin Yount's number 19 was retired by the Milwaukee Brewers in 1994.
Yount served as first base coach and bench coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2002 to 2004. He resigned after the dismissal of Arizona manager Bob Brenly. He, Hank Aaron, Warren Spahn and Bob Uecker threw out the ceremonial first pitches at the 2002 Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Miller Park.
In 2005, Brewers manager Ned Yost convinced Dale Sveum, a teammate of Yount's, to become Milwaukee's new third base coach. Yount followed suit a few weeks later, accepting a post as the Brewers' bench coach. In November 2006, Yount announced he would not return to the team as bench coach for the 2007 season. However, on September 15, 2008 Sveum, by now the team's manager, chose Yount as his bench coach.
Since retiring from baseball, Yount has increased his participation in two of his other passions—professional motorcycle and auto racing. In June 2008, Yount announced the creation of a new lemonade drink, Robinade. A portion of the proceeds of the sales goes to charity.
Yount was elected to the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995.
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