Date and Place of Birth: December 19, 1915 Newton, North Carolina
Died: October 26, 1973 Newton, North Carolina
Military Unit: 12th Armored Division US Army
Area Served: European Theater of Operations
Floyd E “Eddie” Yount was born on December
19, 1915 in
Despite a good showing in spring training, Yount
joined the Williamsport Grays of the New York-Penn League. In 133
games he batted .293 and made his major league debut with the
Athletics on September 9, 1937 against the Senators. In 1938, Yount
was back with
In 1939, Yount played for
The 24-year-old played for
In December 1942, Yount entered military service
with the Army. He was stationed at
Yount remained the Hellcats’ manager when the
division moved to
In 1945, the 12th Armored Division was sent to Europe and following the surrender of Germany the Hellcats ball team was back in action with Yount accompanied by Walt Lanfranconi and former University of Arizona star and minor leaguer Mattie Matulis, who both had played for the Hellcats in Texas.
In May 1945, Sergeant Yount, along with Lanfranconi, conducted a highly successful four-day athletic school. Each of the four days of the school was divided into a lecture period in the morning and a period of practical work in teaching and playing games in the afternoon. Athletic certificates were awarded to 50 officers and enlisted men.
In 1946, Yount returned to professional baseball and the Toronto Maple Leafs. Later that year he joined the Buffalo Bisons and in 1947 he batted .267 in 101 games for the Bisons.
Yount became player-manager of the
Newton-Conover Twins of the Western Carolina League in 1948 and
batted a remarkable .420, second only to Wes Ferrell’s .425 average
Eddie Yount passed away in his hometown on
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