Sunday, January 3, 2010
#153) CHUCK TAYLOR
Chuck Taylor was traded with Jim Beauchamp, Harry Parker, and Tim Coulter from the St. Louis Cardinals to the New York Mets in exchange for Art Shamsky, Rich Folkers, Jim Bibby, and Charlie Hudson on October 18, 1971. The veteran reliever did not have a great year with the Mets in 1972, and actually spent a great deal of it in the minors. He posted an uncharacteristic 5.52 ERA in his 20 game appearances in New York. (Taylor had a lifetime 3.07 ERA during eight seasons.) The Milwaukee Brewers selected him off waivers from the Mets on September 13, 1972.
An annual golf tournament, the "Chuck Taylor Scramble" is named in his honor with charitable proceeds going to the Middle Tennessee State University baseball team. Chuck, a native of Murfreesboro, TN, got his start with the hometown Blue Raiders. Several years back he suffered a stroke, but with his wife Joyce, still remains active in community efforts.
Chuck Taylor signed his card in the set from an autograph request sent to his home on December 8, 2008.