Candy Jim Taylor

James Allen "Candy Jim" Taylor (February 1, 1884 – April 3, 1948) was an American third baseman and manager in Negro league baseball.

James Allen "Candy Jim" Taylor
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3rd Baseman / Manager
Born: (1884-02-01)February 1, 1884
Anderson, South Carolina
Died: April 3, 1948(1948-04-03) (aged 64)
Chicago, buried: Burr Oak Cemetery[1]
Batted: Right Threw: Right


Born in Anderson, South Carolina, Taylor was one of four brothers who played in the Negro leagues, along with Ben, C. I. and "Steel Arm" Johnny.

Taylor began playing ball with an amateur club in Anderson, South Carolina in 1901, starting as a catcher.[7]

He played with several different clubs in 1902 and 1903, finally landing a position with the Birmingham Giants in 1904 where he played third base. That year, he played in 55 regular season games and only made three errors.[7]

1910 St. Paul Gophers

Taylor continued with Birmingham until 1909, and moved to the St. Paul Colored Gophers for part of a season in 1910. He was named the captain of the team. Later in 1910, he was asked to play for the Chicago Giants,[7][8] but played instead for the West Baden Sprudels as a player/manager until 1913.

In 1914, he moved to the Indianapolis ABC's as a player/manager, and by 1916, he helped the Indianapolis ABC's to win the Black World Championship. During the War, Taylor seemed to rotate between three teams, the Indianapolis ABCs, Dayton Marcos, and the Detroit Stars.

In 1918, 34 year-old Taylor registered for the WWI Draft. He lists his current occupation as a "Laborer" for the Penn Freight House at Dela and Georgia Street in Indianapolis, Indiana. Taylor lists his current address as 645 Blackford Street in Indianapolis. He does not list any dependents and lists his closest relative as Charles Isaac Taylor at 446 Indiana Avenue.[9]

When the newly formed Negro National League started in 1920, Candy Jim worked as a Player-Manager for the Dayton Marcos.[6] But he moved on to the Cleveland Tate Stars in the next season.

A disciplinarian and a master strategist, as manager Taylor led the St. Louis Stars to their first championship in 1928. The Great Depression took its toll on the economics of the game, and while managing the 1933 Richmond All-Stars, Taylor was forced to sell the team bus, and later had to send the players home.

In 1943 Taylor managed the Homestead Grays to their first Negro World Series title, repeating their success again the following year.

Post-baseball careerEdit

Candy Jim Taylor died at age 64 in Chicago and was interred in the Burr Oak Cemetery, Alsip, Illinois. He was buried in an unmarked grave which remained unmarked for nearly 54 years, until the Negro Leagues Baseball Grave Marker Project raised funds for a proper headstone in 2004.


External linksEdit

  • Negro league baseball statistics and player information from, or Baseball-Reference (Negro leagues)
  • "Baseball Hall of Fame candidate biography". Archived from the original on 2006-02-07. Retrieved 2006-02-21.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  • Negro Leagues Baseball eMuseum
  • Candy Jim Taylor at Find a Grave