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Charles Gilbert Taylor
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 195 lb.
- School Middle Tennessee State University
- Debut May 27, 1969
- Final Game October 3, 1976
- Born April 18, 1942 in Murfreesboro, TN USA
"Chuck" Taylor spent three years (1961 to 1963) in the Cardinals minor league system before being traded on February 17, 1964 to the Houston Colt .45s with first baseman/outfielder Jim Beauchamp for outfielder Carl Warwick. He had gone 3-5 with a 3.57 ERA for the 1961 Johnson City Cardinals, 9-5 with a 3.22 ERA for the 1962 Winnipeg Goldeyes and 9-11, 3.76 for the 1963 Tulsa Oilers.
He spent only one full season in the Colt '45s/Astros farm system - 1964. He was 8-8 with a 4.19 ERA for the San Antonio Bullets but 0-3 with a 11.37 ERA in his AAA debut with the Oklahoma City 89ers. He began 1965 with Oklahoma City (1-0, 6.19) and the Amarillo Sonics (0-2, 6.23). Midway through the 1965 season, he was traded back to the Cardinals, this time with pitcher and former All-Star Hal Woodeshick for pitcher and All-Star Mike Cuellar and pitcher Ron Taylor. Assigned to the Jacksonville Suns, he was 4-7 with a 3.95 ERA.
Up until 1968, Taylor had had respectable - but not outstanding - statistics in the minors. He had been used both as a starter and reliever, and although he had a good season with the Arkansas Travelers in 1966 - he posted a 1.31 ERA in 30 games - his success was countered that season with some bad outings with the Tulsa Oilers, where he had an ERA of 6.48 in 21 games. In 1967, his record was 6-8, 3.30 for the Indianapolis Indians, his best season at AAA to that point.
1968 was perhaps the best season of his entire professional career. As a starter, he appeared in 34 games for the Oilers, allowing only 202 hits in 230 innings, walking only 38 batters, and posting a record of 18 and 7 with a minute 2.35 ERA. He was 4th in the Pacific Coast League in ERA, trailing Pete Mikkelsen, Joe Moeller and Jim Coates and tied Jerry Crider and Rich Robertson for the PCL lead in wins. At 26 years of age, he was fairly old prospect-wise, but he still managed to impress the Major League Cardinals enough to put him on their roster for 1969 after a 5-1, 2.06 start with Tulsa.
On May 27, 1969, Taylor made his big league debut with the Cardinals. He appeared in relief of pitcher Ray Washburn, and it was ultimately Taylor who gave up the winning run to the opposing team, the Atlanta Braves. His ERA that year was exactly a point below the league average: 2.56.
1972 was not a very successful year for Taylor. In fact, he ended up spending a large portion of it in the minors, where he posted a 4.70 ERA in 26 games for the Tidewater Tides (though he did go 9-2). In the Majors that year, Taylor had a 5.52 ERA with the Mets before being selected off waivers by the Brewers in September. In 11 innings with the Brewers that year, he posted a 1.54 ERA, bringing his season ERA down to 4.43.
1974 was the best season of his Major League career. He appeared in relief 61 times, posting a 2.17 ERA in 107 2/3 innings. He ranked ninth in the league in game appearances, fifth in the league in saves with 11 and sixth in the league in games finished with 39.
Interestingly, only twice did his season ERA measure greater than the overall league ERA in the majors - in 1972 and 1976.
Taylor's last professional season was 1976, split between the majors and the Denver Bears (4-1, 2.71).