Yount was born in Danville, Illinois on September 16, 1955 (they were actually living in Indiana at the time and the nearest hospital was across the border). His family moved to California when he was less than one year old. He attended high school at William Howard Taft in Woodland Hills, California and in his senior year he was named the outstanding high school baseball player in Los Angeles.
Yount was the third overall pick in the 1973 draft and made his major league debut the following April. He went oh-for in his first four games, but in his sixth game, he hit a game winning home run. He was the last 18-year-old to hit a home run in the majors. He was named to Baseball Digest's 1974 Rookie All-Star Team.
Two days before his 20th birthday, “The Kid” as he came to be known, broke Mel Ott's 47-year-old record for most games played in the major leagues as a teenager.
Yount played the game for 20 years for the Milwaukee Brewers. He won two MVPs, the first as short stop in 1982 when he carried the Brewers to the World Series with a batting average of .310 and a league leading 210 hits. He also lead the league with a slugging percentage of .578. He also won his only Golden Glove that year.
He won his second MVP as center fielder in 1989, becoming only the third player to win MVPs at two positions. He also won his third Silver Slugger award, finishing the year with a .318 batting average, while playing in all 162 games.
Yount had more hits in the 1980s than any other player with 1,731.
He collected his 3,000th hit on September 9, 1992, becoming only the 17th player in baseball history to do so.
The Kid played his final game on October 3, 1993 at the age of 38. He holds Brewers' career records for games, at-bats, runs, hits, singles, doubles, triples, home runs, RBIs, total bases, walks and strikeouts. He was voted into the All-Star Game in 1980, 1982, and 1983 and won the Silver Slugger in 1980, 1982, and 1989. He is ranked #49 All-Time among batters.