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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.

Ron Taylor
Ron Taylor (baseball).jpg
Born: (1937-12-13) December 13, 1937 (age 81)
Toronto, Ontario
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 11, 1962, for the Cleveland Indians
Last MLB appearance
May 14, 1972, for the San Diego Padres
MLB statistics
Win–loss record45–43
Earned run average3.93
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.[1] 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.

Post–playing careerEdit

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.[2] Taylor, a Toronto native, returned to baseball as the team physician of the Toronto Blue Jays.

Ron Taylor was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 1985, Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 1993, and the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.[3][4]

Taylor had to have two toes removed.[1]


  1. ^ a b Elliott, Bob (September 22, 2012). "Taylor down two toes". Toronto Sun. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  2. ^ Fitz-Gerald, Sean (23 October 2015). "Ron Taylor's sons share the story of Dr. Baseball | The Star". Toronto Star. Retrieved 22 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Ron Taylor". Ontario Sports Hall of Fame. March 25, 2014. Archived from the original on March 11, 2017. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  4. ^ "Honoured Member Stories". Canada's Sports Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on March 11, 2017. Retrieved March 11, 2017.

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