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Tony Taylor

Tony Taylor

Position(s):
2B, 3B, SS, 1B, LF, OF, DH
Born:
December 19, 1935
Bats:
Right
Throws:
Right
Height:
5' 9"
Weight:
170 lbs
Major League Debut:
4-15-1958 with CHN

Antonio Nemesio (Sanchez) Taylor (born December 19, 1935 in Central Alara, Cuba) is a former second baseman in Major League Baseball. From 1958 through , 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's in 2195 games played.

Taylor started as a third baseman 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. He was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies along with Cal Neeman for Don Cardwell and Ed Bouchee early in the 1960 season. Despite the fact Philadelphia was a mediocre team, Taylor established himself and was named to the National League All-Star team that year.

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. He made the defensive play that saved Jim Bunning’s perfect game. 

Dealt to the Detroit Tigers in the 1971 midseason, Taylor helped them to a division title a year later. 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 Florida Marlins. One of the most popular Phillies ever, he was inducted into the Philadelphia Baseball Wall of Fame .

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.he is now retired in Miami Florida

As retrieved from Wikipedia

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