The Obit For Brewery Jack Taylor

The Sporting Life, February 10, 1900 - Page 5


The Famous League Pitcher Succumbs to Kidney Disease

     New York, Feb. 7- Pitcher John Taylor died today at New Brighton, Staten Island, of Bright's disease, aged 28 years. He pitched for the Philadelphia team for some years and last season was with the Cincinnatis.
     Taylor was born at Staten Island, N.Y. on May 23, 1873. It was with an amateur team of his native place that he learned to play ball. In 1891 he accepted his first professional engagement with the Lebanon Club of the Pennsylvania State League. The New York Club secured him in 1892, but without being given a trial he was released to the Albany Club of the Eastern League.
     At Albany, Tay1or made a reputation for himself as a great pitcher and also did excellent batting. His good work at Albany attracted the attention of the Philadelphia Club, which secured the latter Taylor for the latter part of that seasob. Taylor soon won his way into popular favor, and for five years was recognized as the star pitcher of the Phillies and one of the best in the league.
     By reason of his temperament and his habits, Taylor was, however, not always to be depended upon, and as a result the Philadelphia management determined to get rid of him, which it did two years ago when it transferred him to St. Louis in a trade. In 1898 Taylor pitched for St. Louis, and last year he was with Cincinnati.