Willie C. Young
Team: Birmingham Black Barons
Born: July 12, 1912, Birmingham, Alabama
Baseball Career Highlights:
"I was born with just one hand, my left hand."
"I've coached little league baseball for 30 years and I still coach." In the summer of 2000, Young coached the Summertime Baseball League, a free baseball league, for children 8 to 12, in Kingston, Alabama. The team names are the New York Black Yankees, Birmingham Black Barons, Kansas City Monarchs and the Memphis Red Sox. Young said, "We teach them how to love one another and maybe one of them will want to play professional baseball."
Awards, Honors, Titles, Championships,
• National Baseball Congress of America's Certificate of Merit
"All State Player" - 1952
• Jefferson County (Birmingham, Alabama) Recognition for
Contributions as a Citizen of Jefferson County and as a Black
Living Baseball Legend - June 19, 1989
• Atlanta Public Television/Atlanta Braves Baseball Team
Recognition for Contributions to Baseball - April 18, 1994
• East Lake Neighborhood Association "Senior Citizen of the
Year" - December 3, 1996
• Girls' Softball Championships (five years)
• Outstanding African-American Award for Continuous
Dedicated Service to the Summertime Baseball League -
Source: NLBM Legacy 2000 Players' Reunion Alumni Book, Kansas City Missouri: Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Inc., 2000.