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Zack Taylor

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James Wren Taylor

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Biographical information[edit]

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Zack Taylor was a catcher who played 16 years in the major leagues, and also managed the St. Louis Browns for several years. As a player, almost all of his major league career was in the National League. He started with the pennant-winning Brooklyn Robins in 1920, was on the pennant-winning Chicago Cubs in [[1929 Cubs|1929], and finished out his career with Brooklyn again in 1935.

Taylor was a coach for the Dodgers in 1936, the Browns from June 1941 to 1946, and the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1947.

Taylor was a minor league manager for five teams: Reading Brooks, 1935; San Antonio Missions, 1937-39; Toledo Mud Hens, 1940 and part of 1941 until he was replaced in mid-season by Fred Haney; Scranton Miners, 1952; and the Waterloo White Hawks, 1953.

After his year managing the Chicago White Sox Three-I League affiliate in 1953, he became a scout for the White Sox from 1954 to 1960. He followed that with scouting positions with the Milwaukee Braves (1961-1965), Atlanta Braves (1966-1970), and Montreal Expos (1971-1972).

Preceded by
Luke Sewell
St. Louis Browns Manager
Succeeded by
Muddy Ruel
Preceded by
Muddy Ruel
St. Louis Browns Manager
Succeeded by
Rogers Hornsby

Year-By-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1935 Reading Brooks/Allentown Brooks New York-Penn League Brooklyn Dodgers Replaced by Ray Ryan
1937 San Antonio Missions Texas League 85-76 4th St. Louis Browns Lost in 1st Round
1938 San Antonio Missions Texas League 93-67 2nd St. Louis Browns Lost League Finals
1939 San Antonio Missions Texas League 89-72 3rd St. Louis Browns Lost in 1st Round
1940 Toledo Mud Hens American Association 59-90 7th St. Louis Browns
1941 Toledo Mud Hens American Association 27-25 -- St. Louis Browns Replaced by Fred Haney
1946 St. Louis Browns American League 13-17 7th St. Louis Browns Replaced Luke Sewell (53-71) on August 31
1948 St. Louis Browns American League 59-94 6th St. Louis Browns
1949 St. Louis Browns American League 53-101 7th St. Louis Browns
1950 St. Louis Browns American League 58-96 7th St. Louis Browns
1951 St. Louis Browns American League 52-102 8th St. Louis Browns
1952 Scranton Miners Eastern League 66-73 6th St. Louis Browns
1953 Waterloo White Hawks Three-I League 69-60 4th Chicago White Sox Lost in 1st Round

Further Reading[edit]

  • Norm King: "Zack Taylor", in Gregory H. Wolf, ed.: Winning on the North Side: the 1929 Chicago Cubs, SABR, Phoenix, AZ, 2015, pp. 166-170. ISBN 978-1-933599-89-2

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