Sunday, October 20, 2019

CAREER-CAPPER: 1977 TONY TAYLOR

Today on the blog we have a career-capping 1977 card for former Cuban second baseman Tony Taylor, who put in 19 years in the Big Leagues between 1958 and 1976:


Taylor broke into the Majors with the Chicago Cubs at the end of the 1950’s before moving on to the Philadelphia Phillies in 1960, where he would play 15 of his years in the Big Leagues, with two years in Detroit in the early 1970’s squeezed in there.
By the time he retired in 1976, he finished with 2007 hits, 1005 runs scored and 234 stolen bases over 2195 games and 7680 at-bats, with an All-Star nod in 1960.

5 comments:

  1. Nice card! Taylor was one of those good solid players.

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  2. Taylor wore #8 during his first stint with the Phillies, and #12 for the 2nd stint. There's a fold in his jersey, making it look like #2.

    He was an excellent pinch-hitter the 2nd time atound. However, he was left off the 1976 post-season roster in a "numbers squeeze", which angered his friend Dick Allen so much that Allen refused to return to the Phillies in 1977.

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  3. Nice card is right! In my youth, Tony Taylor served primarily as a pinch-hitter for the Phillies and often times, he came through with a clutch base hit. Served as the first-base coach for the Phillies for a number of years. Great man!

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  4. Taylor was the Phillies' regular 2nd baseman from 1960 until sometime in '65 or '66, when Cookie Rojas took over.

    He still got a starter's playing time in 1967 (playing first base for the injured Bill White early-on, then at 3rd base for the injured Richie Allen late in the season) and 1968 (as the regular 3rd baseman, since Allen played left field that year).

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    1. In his first tour of duty with the Phillies, Taylor was a very reliable regular for the duration of the sixties. I only saw him when the Phillies reacquired him for those final few years in the seventies.

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