Harry Taylor (tayloha02)

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Harry Warren Taylor

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Harry Taylor was a first baseman for 16 years (1928-1943), all in the minors except for a cup of coffee in the majors with the Chicago Cubs in 1932.

He was born on December 26, 1907, in McKeesport, PA. He broke into organized baseball in 1928 at age 20 with Coleman in the West Texas League. He played for Coleman (1928); Rochester in the International League (1928); San Angelo in the West Texas League (1929); and the Seattle Rainiers of the Pacific Coast League (1929-1931).

Taylor was 24 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 14, 1932, with the Chicago Cubs. He played for the Cubs in ten games with eight at bats, a run, a walk and a strikeout but only one game at first base with five putouts. He played his final major league game on May 28.

He returned to the minors with Reading-Albany of the International League (IL) (1932); the Albany Senators (IL) (1933); the Atlanta Crackers of the Southern Association (SA) (1934); the Syracuse Stars (IL) (1935); the Chattanooga Lookouts (SA) (1936); the Minneapolis Millers of the American Association (AA) (1937-1939); the Toledo Mud Hens (AA) (1939-1940); Tiffin in the Ohio State League (1941); Jackson in the Southeastern League (1942); Newark (IL) (1943); and Binghamton in the Eastern League (1943); ending his baseball career at age 35.

In 1937, his best year in the minors, he had 12 home runs and 83 RBI at .283. Overall in the minors, he had 68 home runs and 820 RBI.

Taylor served in the U.S. Navy during World War II (BN). For 14 years he was a checker for the Lakefront Dock Company and for six years a personnel manager for Toledo Steel Products Company. He died at age 61 at Flower Hospital in Toledo, OH on April 27, 1969 and is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Toledo.


Principal sources for Harry Taylor (tayloha02) include newspaper obituaries (OB), government Veteran records (VA,CM,CW), Stars & Stripes (S&S), Sporting Life (SL), The Sporting News (TSN), The Sports Encyclopedia:Baseball 2006 by David Neft & Richard Cohen (N&C), old Who's Who in Baseballs (none) (WW), old Baseball Registers (none) (BR) , old Daguerreotypes by TSN (none) (DAG), Stars&Stripes (S&S), The Baseball Necrology by Bill Lee (BN), Pat Doyle's Professional Ballplayer DataBase (PD), The Baseball Library (BL), Baseball in World War II Europe by Gary Bedingfield (GB) ; The Pacific Coast League: A Statistical History, 1903-1957 by Dennis Snelling; The Southern Association in Baseball, 1885-1961 by Marshall D. Wright; The International League: Year-by-year Statistics, 1884-1953 by Marshall D. Wright; The American Association: Year-By-Year Statistics for the Baseball Minor League, 1902-1952 by Marshall D. Wright; and independent research by Walter Kephart (WK) and Frank Russo (FR) and others.

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