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Tony Taylor
Second baseman
Born: December 19, 1935 (1935-12-19) (age 74)
Central Alara, Cuba
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
April 15, 1958 for the Chicago Cubs
Last MLB appearance
September 29, 1976 for the Philadelphia Phillies
Career statistics
Batting average     .261
Home runs     75
Runs batted in     598
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Antonio Nemesio (Sanchez) Taylor (born December 19, 1935 in Central Alara, Cuba)[1] is a former second baseman in Major League Baseball. From 1958 through 1976, Taylor played for the Chicago Cubs (1958-60), Philadelphia Phillies (1960-71 and 1974-76) and Detroit Tigers (1971-73). He batted and threw right-handed.

In a 19-season career, Taylor posted a .261 batting average with 75 home runs and 598 RBI in 2195 games.

Taylor started as a third baseman[1] in the Giants organization, but came to the majors with the Chicago Cubs in 1958 where he was their starting second baseman in 1958 and 1959.[1][2] He was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies along with Cal Neeman for Don Cardwell and Ed Bouchee early in the 1960 season.[1] Despite the fact Philadelphia was a mediocre team, Taylor established himself and was named to the National League All-Star team that year.[1]

A solid and dependable performer, Taylor holds the record having played in 1,003 games for the Phillies at second base, and his six steals of home, ranks him second on the Phillies' all-time list.[3]

In 1963, Taylor hit .281 and collected career-highs in runs (102) and hits (182), and the next season, he made the defensive play that saved Jim Bunning’s perfect game. In 1970, he hit a career-high .301 average with 26 doubles, nine triples and nine homers.

Dealt to the Detroit Tigers in the 1971 midseason, Taylor helped them to a division title a year later.[1] A free agent before the 1974 season, he signed again with the Phillies and became a valuable utility man and pinch hitter for his final three major league seasons.

Following his retirement as a player, Taylor coached for the Phillies and Marlins.[1] One of the most popular Phillies ever, he was inducted into the Philadelphia Baseball Wall of Fame in 2002. [4]

Tony Taylor was inducted into the Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame on April 30, 2004 in a pregame ceremony at AT&T Park, San Francisco, CA.

See also

Sources

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Pietrusza, David; Matthew Silverman; Gershman, Michael (2000). Baseball: The Biographical Encyclopedia. New York: Total Sports. p. 1113. ISBN 1-892129-34-5.  
  2. ^ "Tony Taylor Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com". http://www.baseball-reference.com/t/tayloto02.shtml. Retrieved 2008-09-18.  
  3. ^ Charlton, James; Shatzkin, Mike; Holtje, Stephen (1990). The Ballplayers: baseball's ultimate biographical reference. New York: Arbor House/William Morrow. p. 1072. ISBN 0-87795-984-6.  
  4. ^ "Philadelphia Athletics Historical Society's Official Website and Online Shoppe". http://www.philadelphiaathletics.org/history/wall.html. Retrieved 2008-09-18.  
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