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Ross Youngs

Born: April 10, 1897(1897-04-10)
Shiner, Texas
Died: October 22, 1927 (aged 30)
San Antonio, Texas
Batted: Left Threw: Left 
MLB debut
September 25, 1917 for the New York Giants
Last MLB appearance
October 22, 1926 for the New York Giants
Career statistics
Batting average     .322
Runs batted in     592
Runs scored     812
Stolen bases     153
Career highlights and awards
Member of the National
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Induction     1972
Election Method     Veterans Committee

Ross Middlebrook Youngs (April 10, 1897 - October 22, 1927) was a Major League Baseball outfielder best known for his superb defense and consistent hitting.

Born in Shiner, Texas and educated at Texas Military Institute, Youngs made his major league debut in 1917 with the New York Giants and played his first full season in 1918, placing 6th in the league with a .302 batting average. Youngs batted .300 or higher in every season until 1925, and higher than .350 twice, scored 100 or more runs three times, and posted a career high 102 RBI in 1921 and 10 home runs in 1924. The Giants went to the World Series four consecutive years (1921 - 1924) and won twice (1921, 1922).

Youngs's career was abruptly cut short in 1926 when he was diagnosed with the kidney disorder which at the time was called Bright's disease. He played in 95 games that season and died the following year, on October 22, 1927, at the age of 30. Nevertheless, Youngs posted impressive numbers over his abbreviated ten year career, including 812 runs, 42 home runs, 592 RBI, 153 stolen bases and a .322 career batting average and .399 career on base percentage.

Youngs was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972.

In 1981, Lawrence Ritter and Donald Honig included him in their book The 100 Greatest Baseball Players of All Time. They explained what they called "the Smoky Joe Wood Syndrome," where a player of truly exceptional talent but a career curtailed by injury or illness should still - in spite of not owning career statistics that would quantitatively rank him with the all-time greats - be included on their list of the 100 greatest players.

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