Apr 19, 2018

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. 

Trivia: The Mid Tenn. Blue Raiders locker room is named after him & he is a member of their Hall of Fame.

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 pitcher Mike Cuellar & 1969 Mets ace reliever Ron Taylor. 

In 1969, Chuck Taylor began his career as a starter, going 7-5 before becoming a full time reliever. In 1970 he was 6-7 with eight saves, making 56 appearances. He would pitch with the Cardinals through the 1971 season, going 3-1 that year.

Mets Career: On October 18th 1971, he was traded to the New York Mets, 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 inning 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, pitching five games there with a 1.54 ERA in 11.2 innings of work.

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.

In his eight year career he was 28-20 with 31 saves, posting a 3.07 ERA with 282 strike outs & 162 walks in 305 appearances.

Retirement & Passing: After baseball he & his wife ran an Auto store in Smyrna. He suffered a heart attack in the early 1990's but was still active in mid Tennessee sports. A golf Tournament is also named after him. He passed away in June 2018 at age 76.

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