For Pete's Sake

Royals’ Chris Young once played against KU at Allen Fieldhouse, and other fun facts

Nick Bradford looked to get to the hoop against Chris Young.
Nick Bradford looked to get to the hoop against Chris Young. File photo

In addition to being a great pitcher, the Royals’ Chris Young also proved to be an RBI machine on Tuesday night.

That led to some chatter about Young’s colorful life around the office. And that led to this: Here are six facts you might not have known about Young.

1. He played basketball at Allen Fieldhouse on Dec. 22, 1999. Young was with Princeton when it lost 82-67 to the Jayhawks. As you can see, we have the photos to prove it. Young was eight for 12 for 20 points with six rebounds and five assists in 36 minutes. He also blocked a shot. The 20 points was a game-high. Nick Bradford of Kansas had 17.

“We didn’t care enough,” Young told Bob Dutton, who was covering the Jayhawks for The Star. “It’s really embarrassing. We really aren’t a high-profile team like Kansas, but we don’t expect to come in here and lose like this.”

2. Young’s father-in-law is Washington Capitals’ president Dick Patrick, whose father was Lester Patrick. The Lester Patrick Trophy is given annually for outstanding service to hockey in the United States.

3. Young helped diagnosis his own injury at one time. The story behind that is another classic from Andy McCullough.

4. At 6-foot-10, Young is tied for the second-tallest player in major-league history, behind only 6-foot-11 Jon Rauch, who was a non-roster invitee to the Royals spring training in 2014.

5. At Worlds of Fun, Young would not be allowed to ride the ThunderHawk, because he is too tall.

6. When he made his debut in 2004 with the Texas Rangers, Young was the first pitcher from Princeton to start a major-league game since Washington’s David Sisler on Aug. 27, 1961.

To reach Pete Grathoff, call 816-234-4330 or send email to pgrathoff@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter: @pgrathoff.

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