Leaguer of the Month
Thomas Jefferson Young
Born: ca. 1902
Ht:6'-1", Wt: 195
Batted left and threw right
Teams: Kansas City Monarchs, St. Louis Stars, Homestead Grays,
Pittsburgh Crawfords, New York Cubans, Newark Eagles
of the top catchers of the 1930s, T.J. Young was a tall, handsome
receiver, with a strong arm and potent left-handed
During the depression, when the Kansas City Monarchs were primarily
a barnstorming team, and not in a formal league, Young and
Frank Duncan were the top catching duo in black baseball.
Duncan had a slight edge defensively, Young was a left-handed
slugger, usually batting in the 4th or 5th spot in the order,
and often pinch hitting when not catching.
1933, the year of the first East-West game, Young garnered
more votes than all catchers except Biz Mackey, Josh
Gibson and Larry Brown (the first two of whom are Hall of Famers).
That would be as close as he would ever come to playing in
brother, Maurice, pitched briefly with the Monarchs in the
1920s, forming possibly the first brother battery in Negro
a post-season exhibition game vs. Dizzy Dean's All-Stars
in 1934, Young belted four hits, including a double off Diz
and a triple off his brother Daffy.
retiring from the Negro Leagues, Young played in Mexico,
where he caught a no-hitter hurled by another former Monarch,