Young inducted into Thomas More Athletic Hall-of-Fame

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By Paul Gable

"If what you did yesterday looks important today, you haven't done a lot today."Former Thomas More College baseball coach Jim Connor.

As a 7-year-old in Owen County, Bobby Young knew he would be a baseball player, but never once did he imagine having a career that would take him from Owen County to Thomas More College and then onto the Major League Baseball stage.

That is exactly what happened to Young, who was recently inducted into the TMC Athletic Hall-of-Fame. Young, a Grant County fiscal court magistrate, played second base at TMC from 1982-1985, and he also had his Owen County High School baseball jersey retired.

"It was a great honor. There are a lot of good athletes who came through Thomas More College that will never see that kind of recognition," Young said of his induction.

While at TMC, Young batted .504 his senior year and was ranked No. 1 in the nation in stolen bases percentage, going a perfect 24-for-24. He currently is at the top of the record book in triples with 13 and is fifth in stolen bases with 45 total. For his efforts on the field, Young earned numerous accolades, including being named to the All NAIA First Team, Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference All-Conference Team, First Team All-District, First Team All-Region and an All-American.

"I have a lot of good memories when I think back to my playing days. I remember the friendships I made, the teammates, classmates and coaches. The emphasis on sports was not as great as the emphasis on education. We had some great teams," Young said.

A member of those "great teams" was David Justice, who played at TMC before playing professionally with the Atlanta Braves, New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians and Oakland Athletics. Justice was the first person to be inducted into the TMC Athletic Hall-of-Fame.

"He was a good college player, and it is an honor to be a part of the hall-of-fame with him," Young said.

During his days as a second baseman with TMC, Young drew the interest of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and in 1985, he signed a professional contract. In 1986, he was in spring training with the Pirates.

"I played a little rookie ball and was released in the summer of 1986. It was neat. As a kid, you always dream of playing professionally, and it happened. I wasn't nervous during the time, and I had a chance like everybody else. I made the best of what I had offered to me," Young said.

While is proud of the success and opportunities he had as a baseball player, Young is quick to say he had plenty of help along the way.

"God has blessed me with athletic ability and surrounded me with a lot of good instructors. I have to give them a lot of credit," he said.