May 17, 2015

Early Seventies Mets Relief Pitcher: Chuck Taylor (1972)

Charles Gilbert Taylor was born on April 18th , 1942 in Shelbyville, Tennessee. The six foot two right hander attended Middle Tennessee State University getting signed by the St. Louis Cards in 1961. After three years in the St. Louis organization he was traded along with future Met Jim Beauchamp to the Houston Colt 45's for Carl Warwick.

The next year he was sent back to St. Louis along with Hal Woodehick for Mike Cuellar & 1969 Mets ace reliever Ron Taylor. Taylor began his career as a starter going 7-5 in 1969 before becoming a full time reliever. In 1970 he saved eight games in 56 games going 6-7. He would pitch with the Cardinals through the 1971 season when he was 3-1.

On October 18th 1971 he was traded with Jim Beauchamp, Harry Parker & Chip Coulter for Art Shamsky, Jim Bibby, Rich Folkers & Charlie Hudson. In 1972 Taylor began the season in the Mets bullpen as a middle reliever. He debuted in the second game of the season pitching one inning against the World Champion Pittsburgh Pirates.

On April 25th in San Diego Taylor pitched three innings of scoreless relief, helping Buzz Capra to a 2-1 win over the Padres while earning a save. On May 16th he pitched 3.2 innings of relief at Shm helping Tom Seaver to a win over the Expos. Taylor made twenty appearances for the '72 Mets earning two saves, posting a 5.52 ERA striking out nine batters walking nine in 31 innings pitched. He was placed on waivers in September & got picked up by the Milwaukee Brewers.

In 1973 he went to the Montreal Expos & pitched there for four seasons. In 1974 he had his best season, going 6-2 with 11 saves (5th most in the NL) posting a 2.17 ERA while making 61 appearances (9th in the NL). The next year he saved six games which still was enough to lead the Montreal staff, going 2-2 in 54 appearances. His last season in the majors was 1976 where he pitched in 31 games going 2-3 with no saves.

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