Former Phillies Second Basemen Passes Away

On Thursday, former Philadelphia Phillies infielder, Tony Taylor, passed away at the age of 84 due to complications from a stroke in 2019. Ironically, this occurred last August after leaving Citizens Bank Park for alumni weekend events.

Taylor spent 15 of his 19 MLB seasons playing for the Phillies. He held the franchise record for most games played at second base (1,003 games) until he was surpassed by Chase Utley. He was inducted into the Phillies Wall of Fame in 2002.

Other than the Phillies, Taylor spent time on the Chicago Cubs and Detroit Tigers. He was a two time All-Star, both times during the 1960 season. This was during a brief time that the MLB played two All-Star games in one season.

All time he hit .261 with 75 home runs, 298 doubles, 598 RBI, 234 stolen bases, and 1,005 runs scored. Taylor was traded from the Phillies to the Tigers in 1971, but returned to the Phillies as a free agent two years later where he spent his final years and ultimately retired a Phillie in 1976. After retiring, he spent time coaching for the Phillies and the Marlins.

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