Antonio Nemesio Taylor Sanchez
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 9", Weight 179 lb.
Tony Taylor, who played nineteen years in the major leagues, was an immensely popular player in Philadelphia, and spent most of his career as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies.
Taylor, although he won no Gold Gloves, was a decent enough fielder who showed good range in his younger years at second base, and while he wasn't a great hitter, usually had a respectable batting average along with some stolen bases. His best year with the bat was 1970, at age 34, when he posted a line of .301/.374/.462 (the team hit .238), and he had six separate years where he stole at least 20 bases.
Taylor was born in Cuba the same year as Pedro Ramos. He signed with the New York Giants around the age of 18, and came up to the majors originally with the 1958 Chicago Cubs, where he was a regular second baseman and double-play combo partner with Ernie Banks, who won the MVP award that year.
Tony stayed with the Cubs for two years and part of a third before being traded to the Phillies in 1960. He would stay with the Phillies through all of the 1960s and until the middle of 1971 when he was traded to the Detroit Tigers. He helped the Tigers win the division in 1972 when he hit .303. After the 1973 season he returned to the Phillies to close his career from 1974 to 1976 as a pinch-hitter and backup infielder.
Tony Taylor would cross himself before every plate appearance. With 2,195 lifetime major league games, Tony ranks high on the list of major leaguers who played the most games without ever appearing in a World Series. Taylor and his teammate Johnny Callison are believed to have been the first players to have been the victims of six no-hitters. These were all against the Phillies between 1960 and 1969. Bert Campaneris tied this apparent record in 1977.
He worked for the Phillies as a minor league manager during the 1980s, managing the Spartanburg Traders and later the Oklahoma City 89ers in 1982, the Peninsula Pilots in 1983, the Reading Phillies in 1985, and the Utica Blue Sox in 1986 and 1987.
He was a major league coach for the Phillies from 1977 to 1979 and again in 1988 and 1989. He was later a major league coach for the Florida Marlins from 1999 to 2004. His first Baseball Card appearance was in the 1958 Topps set.
- NL All-Star (1960)
- 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 1 (1963)
- Rory Costello and José Ramírez: "Tony Taylor", in Mel Marmer and Bill Nowlin, eds.: The Year of Blue Snow: The 1964 Philadelphia Phillies, SABR, Phoenix, AZ, 2013, pp. 217-225. ISBN 978-1-933599-51-9