13 July 2014

zack taylor was a robin, brave, giant, brave, cub, yankee, and then finally, a dodger

he was a double dipper.

[this is the seventysixth installment in the double dippers posts.  here are the previous posts - brett butler, omar daaleric young, nick willhitechris gwynn, mickey hatcherdave anderson, don zimmerrafael landestoy, dave hansen, jose vizcaino, hideo nomo, greg maddux, mike madduxjon garland, chan ho parkvicente romogene mauch, denny lewallyn, von joshua, joe moellerdioner navarro, rudy seanez, bart shirleyrandy wolf, ismael valdes, bobby castillo, mike devereaux, pete richert, jay johnstone, jesse orosco, lee lacy, giovanni carrara, jeff weaverted sizemore,  orel hershisertom goodwinjoe fergusoneddie murraymatt lukeken mcmullen, tim wallach, jerry grotedon suttonralph branca, todd hundley, elmer dessensguillermo motajoe beckwithjamie hoffmannbabe hermanjoe medwickjuan castroron perranoskiclyde kingpaul wanerhughie jenningsron negray, broadway aleck smithgeorge smith, johnny cooney, jim faireyfrenchy bordagaraydoc casey, waite hoytluis olmoclyde sukeforthwillie keeler,  harry howellgermany smithjohnny allenmarv rackleybobo newsom, maury wills, dazzy vance, and ray hayworth.]

i have posted this 1990 target card of zack taylor before
but i wasn't doing double dipper posts at the time.  as i spelled out in the title, taylor played for a number of different teams during his career, but it began in 1920 with the brooklyn robins.  he played for uncle robbie through the 1925 season, hitting .287 in 350 games over that span as the backup backstop.  from there, taylor was traded to the braves and then to the giants in 1927.  he returned to the braves in 1928 and was claimed by the cubs during the 1929 season.

taylor helped the cubs reach the world series in 1929, although they lost to the a's.  he remained with the northsiders through the 1933 season, after which he was released.  late in the 1934 season, he signed with the yankees, because who wouldn't want to play behind bill dickey and alongside babe ruth and lou gehrig?  unfortunately, this was right in the middle of a three year stretch in which the yankees finished second in the american league, and taylor was denied a return to the postseason.  in two of the four games in which taylor appeared for the yankees, he actually replaced babe ruth in the lineup.  twice ruth pinch hit for the yankees' starting catcher (arndt jorgens - i assume that it was an injury to dickey that prompted taylor's signing), and twice taylor took over catching duties immediately thereafter.

in 1935, the brooklyn dodgers brought taylor back to where his career had began.  this time, taylor hit only .130 in 26 games, and his playing days were through.  taylor stuck with the dodgers in 1936 as a coach, and then moved on to coach some other teams, and ultimately wound up managing the saint louis browns for five seasons.

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