Candy Jim Taylor
Anderson, South Carolina, Taylor was one of four brothers who played in the Negro Leagues, along with Ben, C. I. and "Steel Arm" Johnny. He made his professional debut at the age of 19 and spent his entire adult life in the game of baseball, playing primarily at third base. In 1916, he helped the Indianapolis ABC'sto win the Black World Championship.
A disciplinarian and a master strategist, as manager Taylor led the St. Louis Stars to their first championship in 1928. The
Great Depressiontook 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 Graysto their first Negro League World Seriestitle, repeating their success again the following year.
Candy Jim Taylor died at age 64 in
Chicago, Illinoisand was interred in the Burr Oak Cemetery, Alsip, Illinois.
* [http://www.baseballhalloffame.org/hofers_and_honorees/taylor_candy_jim.htm Baseball Hall of Fame candidate biography]
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