Del Young (youngde02)
Delmer Edward Young
- Bats Both, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 168 lb.
- Debut April 19, 1937
- Final Game June 12, 1940
- Born May 11, 1912 in Cleveland, OH USA
- Died December 8, 1979 in San Francisco, CA USA
Infielder Del Young is the son of outfielder Del Young. Del Jr., a middle infielder, was not a strong hitter but played four years in the majors with the Philadelphia Phillies, getting into 309 games. He also had a long minor league career.
Del Jr. was born in the spring of 1912, a year in which his father was playing for the Nashville Volunteers. Del Jr. was born in Cleveland, OH, and started playing at age 19 in the minors. He played six seasons in the minor leagues (in the organization of several different big league teams) before he got his chance with the Phillies in 1937, getting listed as the regular second baseman that year and as the regular shortstop in 1938. His 1937 season is sometimes remembered as one of the worst seasons ever at second base , however he was a young rookie and the Phils stayed with him in 1938.
He played less in 1939 but had his highest batting average, .263. He was still with the Phillies for part of the year in 1940 and played with the Jersey City Giants for the rest of the season. He stayed with Jersey City in 1941. Thereafter he played in the Pacific Coast League for six years, mostly with the San Francisco Seals managed by Lefty O'Doul.