Ron Taylor (baseball)
Ronald Wesley Taylor (December 13, 1937) is a former professional baseball player. He was a pitcher over parts of 11 seasons (1962–1972) with the Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Cardinals, Houston Astros, New York Mets and San Diego Padres.
|Born: December 13, 1937|
|April 11, 1962, for the Cleveland Indians|
|Last MLB appearance|
|May 14, 1972, for the San Diego Padres|
|Earned run average||3.93|
|Career highlights and awards|
Taylor was a member of two World Series-winning teams: the 1964 St. Louis Cardinals and the 1969 New York Mets. For his career he compiled a 45–43 record with a 3.93 earned run average and 464 strikeouts in 491 appearances, mostly as a relief pitcher.
Taylor did not allow a single hit during his seven innings pitched in four World Series relief appearances. He pitched 3.1 innings of scoreless relief in the 1969 National League Championship Series but allowed 3 hits in 2 appearances, earning a save in Game 1 and a win in Game 2.
After his playing career ended, Taylor entered medical school to become a doctor, having been inspired to do so after visiting field hospitals while on a USO goodwill tour during the Vietnam War. Taylor, a Toronto native, returned to baseball as the team physician of the Toronto Blue Jays.
Taylor had to have two toes removed.
- Elliott, Bob (September 22, 2012). "Taylor down two toes". Toronto Sun. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
- Fitz-Gerald, Sean (23 October 2015). "Ron Taylor's sons share the story of Dr. Baseball | The Star". thestar.com. Toronto Star. Retrieved 22 August 2018.
- "Ron Taylor". Ontario Sports Hall of Fame. March 25, 2014. Archived from the original on March 11, 2017. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
- "Honoured Member Stories". Canada's Sports Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on March 11, 2017. Retrieved March 11, 2017.