Doc Younker has been a trainer in amateur and professional baseball for more than 50 years. 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.

At the amateur level, Younker has dedicated countless hours to Canada’s national teams, tending to athletes at the Olympics, Pan-Am Games, Commonwealth Games, World Championships and Intercontinental Cups. He has also worked for the National Baseball Institute and the University of British Columbia.

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