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No. 4 (Male) Bobby Young

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By Brian Blair

He is in the Hall of Fame.

Bobby Young is one of the best baseball players to come out of Owen County. He had a tremendous career as a Rebel that continued in college at Thomas More College. For his exploits, Young was inducted in the Thomas More Hall of Fame in 2008.

He began playing baseball in 1977 as an eighth-grader. Before he graduated from Owen County in 1981, he helped lead the Rebels to a Regional Title and an appearance in the State Tournament in 1978. Young played second base while a member of the team.

Even though he enjoyed many personal successes on the baseball diamond, he also does not forget the other players and coaches who helped shape him as a player and as an individual.

“I was surrounded by good players but also good coaches who taught me the fundamentals and how to play the game of baseball.”

He also talked about another important aspect of playing baseball for the Rebels.

“The tradition of Owen County baseball is also important to me,” said Young.

After graduation, the Owen County native became a member of the Thomas More Baseball team from 1983 until 1985. He was captain of the team for two seasons and said he enjoyed his time with the team and playing for Coach Jim Connor. While there he was teammates with David Justice, who went on to play Major League Baseball and won a World Series with the Atlanta Braves in 1995.

Young is ranked highly in several offensive categories at the school. He had the second highest batting average for a single season when he hit .504 in 1985. He holds the record for most triples in a season when he hit six in 1985. He is second all-time in triples for a career with 13, and he is eighth in stolen bases with 45 for his career.

The Owen County native had his chance at playing Major League Baseball after he signed a contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1985. Young went to spring training in February of 1986 and made it to the final days of tryouts before being cut. He also had tryouts with the Montreal Expos and other teams.

Today, Young serves as a Grant County Magistrate. By getting involved in local government, he followed in the footsteps of his father, Eugene, who served as Owen County Clerk for 25 years. Young is also the son of Mary Jo Towles Young. He is quick to credit both of his parents for helping him become the person he is today.

Young has a brother, Brian, who lives in Owen County who himself is very active in Owen County athletics.

He is married to Jacqueline Young and the couple has two daughters, Alexandra and Courtney Jo. The family lives in Crittenden and attends South Fork Christian Church where Young proudly serves as a deacon.