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Robin Yount was born on September 16, 1955, in Danville, Illinois. His family would not stay there long, for when he was one year old, they moved to warmer and sunnier climes. It was out on the west coast that Robin's two elder brothers showed him baseball, and taught him how to play the game. In high school Robin excelled at the game, so much so he declined a scholarship from Arizona State to play in the major leagues.

Yount was picked third in the 1973 MLB draft, after David Clyde and John Stearns, who were picked in that order. He made his debut in a Milwaukee Brewers uniform on April 5, 1974 as a shortstop. Because of his youth, Yount was only 18 years old at the time of his debut, His teammates nicknamed him "The Kid." The name would stick throughout Robin's 20 years with the Brewers. Shortly, the fans would come up with their own nickname, and dubbed him "Rockin Robin."

But before the Robin had a chance to fully rock, he was sidelined with a foot injury. While the severity of this foot injury is unknown it is presumed to have an impact on the young player. Yount, after missing a month of the season from said foot injury, attempted to break his way into the PGA Tour. Thankfully, this did not last.

1982 would be the year of the Brew Crew, and the year of Robin Yount. He hit his best in 1982, with a .331 batting average and 29 home runs. Yount also knocked in 114 RBI. If teammate Ted Simmons hit 3 more RBI, the 82 Brewers would join the 1936 New York Yankees as the only team with 5 batters with over 100 RBI. Yount became the first short stop to lead the American League in slugging and total bases. That, combined with his statistics got Yount a trip to the Mid-summer's Classic as well as the MVP Trophy. In the playoffs, the B's were able to beat Cal Ripken and his Baltimore Orioles in the ALCS. The Brewers took the fight to the St. Louis Cardinals in the Fall Classic, but lost the series in 7 games. This would mark the only time the Brewers made it all the way to the World Series. Robin would explode during this play-off, becoming the only player to have 4 hits in two different series games, whereas teammate Paul Molitor went 5-6 in game 2, becoming the only player with 5 hits in a World Series game.

In 1984, Yount would be sidelined again. This time his shoulder was acting up, and no, he didn't try picking up Golf again. Nor did he in the following season. Yount was now playing in center field after starting off the season in left. He would have his second shoulder surgery in September, after the Brewers' season ended.

In the late 80's things would start to pick up for Rockin Robin again. On June 12, 1988 he hit for the cycle against the Chicago White Sox at Comiskey Park. Hitting for the cycle consists of hitting a single, double, triple and home run in a single game. This marked the third time in club history it had occurred. In 1989, Yount would again explode, knocking in 21 homers, 103 RBI, 101 runs and almost 200 hits. This earned Robin the AL MVP award again, putting him in the company of Stan Musial and Hank Greenberg as the only three players to ever win the MVP award at two different positions. Two years later, Yount would play in his 2,500 career game.

In the early 90's, the Brewers would falter, and while Yount was not putting up numbers like his 1982 year, he was still contributing to the team. In October of 1992, Robin, along with long time friend and rival, George Brett of the Kansas City Royals were named co-winners of the Joe Cronin Award for significant achievement in Major League Baseball. When the pair of athletes met in 1993, it marked the first time two 3,000 hit players played against each other since 1925. 1993 also marked Robin Yount's 20th and final season. He officially retired from Baseball, and the Brewers, on February 11, 1994. In 1999 he was elected into the Hall of Fame alongside Orlando Cepeda, George Brett and famed pitcher Nolan Ryan. Yount is one of only two Brewers players to be elected to the hall of fame; the other is former teammate Paul Molitor.

As of 2006, Robin Yount is the hitting coach for the Brewers.

Statistics:

Positions: Shortstop & Center Field
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Height 6' 0"
Weight 170 lb
 Year Ag Tm  Lg  G   AB    R    H   2B 3B  HR  RBI  SB CS  BB  SO    BA   OBP   SLG   
 1974 18 MIL AL 107  344   48   86  14  5   3   26   7  7  12  46  .250  .276  .346  
 1975 19 MIL AL 147  558   67  149  28  2   8   52  12  4  33  69  .267  .307  .367  
 1976 20 MIL AL 161  638   59  161  19  3   2   54  16 11  38  69  .252  .292  .301  
 1977 21 MIL AL 154  605   66  174  34  4   4   49  16  7  41  80  .288  .333  .377  
 1978 22 MIL AL 127  502   66  147  23  9   9   71  16  5  24  43  .293  .323  .428  
 1979 23 MIL AL 149  577   72  154  26  5   8   51  11  8  35  52  .267  .308  .371  
 1980 24 MIL AL 143  611  121  179  49 10  23   87  20  5  26  67  .293  .321  .519  
 1981 25 MIL AL  96  377   50  103  15  5  10   49   4  1  22  37  .273  .312  .419  
 1982 26 MIL AL 156  635  129  210  46 12  29  114  14  3  54  63  .331  .379  .578  
 1983 27 MIL AL 149  578  102  178  42 10  17   80  12  5  72  58  .308  .383  .503  
 1984 28 MIL AL 160  624  105  186  27  7  16   80  14  4  67  67  .298  .362  .441  
 1985 29 MIL AL 122  466   76  129  26  3  15   68  10  4  49  56  .277  .342  .442  
 1986 30 MIL AL 140  522   82  163  31  7   9   46  14  5  62  73  .312  .388  .450  
 1987 31 MIL AL 158  635   99  198  25  9  21  103  19  9  76  94  .312  .384  .479  
 1988 32 MIL AL 162  621   92  190  38 11  13   91  22  4  63  63  .306  .369  .465  
 1989 33 MIL AL 160  614  101  195  38  9  21  103  19  3  63  71  .318  .384  .511  
 1990 34 MIL AL 158  587   98  145  17  5  17   77  15  8  78  89  .247  .337  .380  
 1991 35 MIL AL 130  503   66  131  20  4  10   77   6  4  54  79  .260  .332  .376  
 1992 36 MIL AL 150  557   71  147  40  3   8   77  15  6  53  81  .264  .325  .390  
 1993 37 MIL AL 127  454   62  117  25  3   8   51   9  2  44  93  .258  .326  .379  

                  G     AB    R    H   2B   3B   HR  RBI   SB  CS   BB   SO    BA    OBP   SLG
career totals   2856  11008 1632 3142 583  126  251  1406 271 105  966  1350  .285  .342  .430

Sources:
www.baseballhalloffame.org/hofers_and_honorees/hofer_bios/yount_robin.htm
www.baseball-reference.com/y/yountro01.shtml
www.jsonline.com/sports/brew/tue/mile10599.asp
www.pubdim.net/baseballlibrary/ballplayers/Y/Yount_Robin.stm
www.thebaseballpage.com/past/pp/yountrobin/default.htm

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