A proven performer and a fine defensive fly-chaser, Joel Youngblood had a fine major league career that spanned from 1976-1989. He was a second round draft-pick in June of 1970 and after just 57 at-bats for Cincinnati in 1976, the 6 foot, 180 pound outfielder was traded to the Cardinals before the '77 season. Youngblood was traded to the Mets in 1978 and became of one the Mets' fans favorites. In 1979 he hit .275, had a .349 on-base-percentage, slugged a career-best 37 doubles, lined 5 triples and 16 homers, scored a career-best 90 runs and stole a career-best 18 bases in 158 games.
He was selected to the National League All-Star team in 1981 and after being nagged by injures in late-'81 and '82 he was traded to the San Francisco Giants. In '83 with the Giants, Youngblood hit a career-best .292, hit 20 doubles, belted a career-best 17 home runs, scored 59 runs, and collected 53 RBIs in 124 games. Joel Youngblood career stats: .265 BA, 969 hits in 1408 Games, 180Ds, 23Ts, 80Hr, 453 Runs, 422 RBIs, 332 Walks, 589Ks in 3,659 at-bats and stole 60 bases. baseballhistorian.com - The Recorder of Baseball History