Jack Taylor (1890s pitcher)

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Jack Taylor
Pitcher
Born: (1873-05-23)May 23, 1873
Sandy Hill, Maryland
Died: February 7, 1900(1900-02-07) (aged 26)
Staten Island, New York
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 16, 1891, for the New York Giants
Last MLB appearance
September 12, 1899, for the Cincinnati Reds
MLB statistics
Win–loss record120–117
Earned run average4.23
Strikeouts528
Teams

John Besson "Brewery Jack" Taylor (May 23, 1873 – February 7, 1900) was a baseball player in the National League from 1891 to 1899.

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Taylor is often confused with John W. "Jack" Taylor, who also played in the NL during an overlapping period. His real name has also been erroneously published as John Budd Taylor in many sources, perhaps confused with the Minor League pitcher Jack "Bud" Taylor of similar period[1]. John Besson Taylor was born in Sandy Hill, Maryland and moved to Staten Island, New York as a young child, where he played with future Major League contemporaries Jack Cronin, Jack Sharrott, George Sharrott, and Tuck Turner.

"Brewery Jack" was a right-handed pitcher with a career record and 120 wins and 117 losses. His nine-season career consisted of (in chronological order) one game for the 1891 New York Giants, six seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies, one with the St. Louis Browns, and a final one with the Cincinnati Reds. While an ace pitcher, Taylor was known for arguing with umpire calls and (as his nickname implies) for his propensity for drinking. Taylor was still considered active in the National League during planning for the 1900 season, but died of Bright's disease in February of that year. He is buried near his mother at Fairview Cemetery in the Castleton Corners neighborhood of Staten Island.

Taylor was inducted into the Staten Island Sports Hall of Fame in 2002. He is also enshrined in 2012 into the Eastern Shore Baseball Hall of Fame in Salisbury, Maryland.

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