Photo: Harold "Doc" Younker, second from left, with the 1988 Olympic Team.
OTTAWA- It is with great sadness that Baseball Canada announces the passing of Harold “Doc” Younker who served as Trainer with the National Team for a 20-year period from 1975 to 1995. He was 94 years old.
A former U.S. army private, Younker’s first job as a trainer was with the Vancouver Capilanos in 1954. He would serve in a similar capacity with the Seattle Rainiers the following year, before returning to Vancouver to work with the Pacific Coast League Mounties in 1956. He landed his first big league gig as a relief trainer with the expansion Los Angeles Angels in 1961 and would later serve as the head trainer with the San Diego Padres from 1976 to 1985.
Doc’s journey with Baseball Canada began in 1975 with the Intercontinental Cup. After working with the National Team in 1987 at the Pan Am Games in Indianapolis, Doc joined Team Canada for the 1988 Seoul Olympics where baseball was a demonstration sport. From 1990 to 1995, Doc would work with the National Team at five different events including three Baseball World Cups, the 1993 World University Games and the 1995 Olympic Qualifier.
Doc was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 2005.
He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Mary along with their three children Bev, Pat and Vicki.