C. I. Taylor
|C. I. Taylor|
|2nd Baseman / Manager|
|Born: January 20, 1875|
Anderson, South Carolina
|Died: February 23, 1922 (aged 47)|
Charles Isham Taylor (January 20, 1875 – February 23, 1922) was an American second baseman, manager and executive in Negro league baseball. Born in Anderson, South Carolina, he was the oldest among four sons of a Methodist minister—including Candy Jim, Ben and Johnny—who made a remarkable impact on black baseball.
In 1914 he became half-owner, along with Thomas Bowser, and manager of the Indianapolis ABCs, and over the next several seasons developed the team into a power rivaled only by Rube Foster's Chicago American Giants.
When World War I drew off many players from his roster, he personally toured Washington, D.C. with them, pointing out the various government institutions and instilling in them a sense of their duty to their nation.
He was also a co-founder and vice president of the Negro National League before his death at age 47 in Indianapolis, Indiana. His widow continued to operate the ABC's for three years, with his brother Ben as manager for the first year, before the team folded in 1926.
- "Take One From Sprudels" Loogootee Sentinel, Loogootee, IN, Tuesday, August 22, 1911, Page 1, Column 1 and 2
- "Cuban Stars Will Meet A.B.C.s in Two Games Today" Indianapolis Freeman, Indianapolis, IN, Sunday, May 19, 1918, Part 4 Sports Section Page 1, Column 5
- "The A.B.C. Ball Club Sold" Indianapolis Freeman, Indianapolis, IN, Saturday, February 21, 1914, Page 8, Column 4
- Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
- Riley, James A. (1994). The Biographical Encyclopedia of the Negro Baseball Leagues. New York: Carroll & Graf. ISBN 0-7867-0065-3.