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Nicholas Young

Born: Sep 12, 1840

Death: Oct 31, 1916

Birthplace: Johnson Hall State Historic Site

Nationality: United States

Nicholas Young

Date of Birth : Sep 12, 1840
Date of Death : Oct 31, 1916
Birth Place : Johnson Hall State Historic Site

Nicholas Ephraim Young was an American executive, manager and umpire in professional baseball who served as president of the National League from 1885 to 1902. Born in Amsterdam, New York at Johnson Hall, the estate of Sir William Johnson, he served in the Union Army during the Civil War, and later was employed in the U.S. Treasury Department. Young, an excellent cricket player as a young man, became a right fielder and official with a Washington, D.C. amateur baseball club. In 1871, he organized the meeting which resulted in the formation of the sport's first professional league, the National Association of Professional Baseball Players; he was named league secretary, managed the Washington team from 1871–1873, and also served as a league umpire. When the National League, baseball's first major league, was formed in 1876, Young was named secretary and treasurer, posts he continued to hold until leaving office as president in 1902.

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