Ralph Young

The 5’5″ Young was one of the smallest American Leaguers ever. The switch-hitter’s ability to draw walks helped compensate for his lifetime .247 batting average. He failed in a seven-game trial with the 1913 Yankees but was the Tigers’ first-string second baseman from 1915 through 1921. In his best year, 1920, he scored 84 times while batting .291. Young led AL second basemen in errors in 1915 and 1918 and in assists in 1917. He later coached at Temple and St. Joseph’s in his native Philadelphia.