Dec 19, 2018

Happy Birthday Tony Taylor

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Tony Taylor (late 1960's)
Second Base - Philadelphia Phillies
Connie Mack Stadium - Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia icon Tony Taylor turned 83 years old today.  The 2002 Wall of Fame inductee broke into the game with the Cubs 60 years ago and was traded to the Phillies in May 1960.  He would go on to be the Phillies starting second baseman through the entire decade and into the 70's until he was traded to the Tigers in the summer of 1971.  He returned to Philadelphia in the winter of 1973 where he was a utility player.  He ended his career after the 1976 season in which he was a member of a National League East Champion Phillies team.

An interesting fact was shared earlier today by Andrew Linker of Philadelphia Baseball History.  When the batting helmet rule was instituted in 1970, it allowed a grandfather clause for veteran players which allowed them to choose to not wear a helmet.  Tony Taylor was the last player in the National League to bat without a helmet.

An incredible article about the life and career of Tony Taylor can be found on

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