Leyland honors former Minors teammate Young

Leyland honors former Minors teammate Young

Leyland honors former Minors teammate Young

DETROIT -- Manager Jim Leyland spent his off-day on Monday honoring his former Minor League teammate John Young at the Ora Alliance Ovation Dinner.

Young became the first black scouting director when the Tigers named him to that position in 1981 and he founded the RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) program in '89. In 2009, he became a dialysis patient and considers maintaining his normal lifestyle while on dialysis his greatest accomplishment.

Leyland presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Young after a reception and dinner at the Motor City Casino Hotel.

Southern University baseball head coach Roger Cador, former White Sox and Mets manager Jerry Manuel and former Detroit Lions wide receiver Herman Moore were among those in attendance.

Bobby Nightengale is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.