Milwaukee Brewers’ Robin Yount to receive prestigious Citizen Support Award during Milwaukee Armed Forces Week
Robin Yount, the Hall of Fame shortstop and outfielder for the Milwaukee Brewers and two-time American League MVP Award winner, has been named the 2019 recipient of the Citizen Support for the Armed Services Award by the Milwaukee Armed Services Committee (MASC).
Yount will be recognized for his unique support, and personal and professional service to the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces on Monday, May 13, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. at the annual Armed Forces Week banquet held at the Wisconsin Club, 900 West Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee.
“Many years ago, Robin flew with the U.S. Navy Blue Angels while they were in Milwaukee for an air show,” recalls Capt. Tom Plantenberg, USNR (Retired), and president of the Milwaukee Armed Services Committee (MASC). “After the flight, there was a reenlistment ceremony for several of the sailors under my command and he gave them signed baseballs. Since then Robin has been a constant contributor to the Centurions, which provide financial support for Armed Forces Week, and he often donates memorabilia for our golf auction. His combination of humility, humor, humanity and personal honor all make him a strong choice to receive this year’s award.”
Bob Uecker, who received the Citizen Support Award last year, will be on hand for Yount’s presentation.
Yount, who was 18 years old when he debuted with the Brewers in April of 1974, quickly became the Brewers starting shortstop. Not only was he named an American League MVP in that position, but he led the Brewers to their first (and only) World Series appearance after a regular-season record of 95-67. Though injuries later forced him to play the outfield, Yount proved up to the task, earning his second A.L. MVP honor as a center fielder.
On Sept. 9, 1992, Yount marked his 3,000 hit against the Cleveland Indians, the 17th player in MLB history to earn such an achievement.
Yount’s final season in the major leagues came in 1993. He ended his baseball career with 3,142 hits, the most in Brewers’ history. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999. On May 29, 1994, the Brewers retired his uniform number 19, the third player in franchise history to be so honored, keeping him in good company with Brewers' Hall of Fame players Hank Aaron and Rollie Fingers.