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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Bill Taylor

(Born December 30, 1929) -- The late Bill Taylor probably was quite happy when the San Francisco Giants won the World Series in 2010. He was lucky enough to be on the last Giants’ team before that to win a Series, back in 1954.

Taylor was born in California, and his contract was purchased by the Giants in 1950. He spent 1953 in the New York farm system, and arrived in the majors in 1954. In the outfielder’s first at-bat, he struck out against the Dodgers’ Don Newcombe.

Taylor saw duty as a spare outfielder and pinch hitter during the ‘54 season, in which the Giants swept the Indians in the series. During portions of the next three years, he saw spot duty in New York before a trade sent him to the Tigers.

By 1958, Taylor had seen his last at-bat in the majors. A year later, he was part of the Phillies’ chain and arrived here. The outfielder stayed in Buffalo through 1961, hitting .328 during the 1959 campaign.

Taylor finished with a .311 career batting average in the minors, so he was obviously just a little bit short of being a regular in the majors. Taylor died in California in 2011.

--- Budd Bailey


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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 35 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, public relations staffer and author. He covers the Bandits and running for The News when not working as an editor.