Taylor, Ben

Benjamin Harrison Taylor
Born: July 1, 1888, Anderson, South Carolina
Died: January 24, 1953, Baltimore, Maryland
Played For: 
Indianapolis ABCs, Birmingham Giants, West Baden Sprudels, St. Louis Giants, Lincoln Giants, Chicago American Giants, Harrisburg Giants
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Negro Leagues Committee: 2006

Ben Taylor came from a baseball family. He and his older brothers (C.I., Jim and John) were all part of the black baseball experience of the early 20th century. A top-flight defensive first baseman, most notably for the Indianapolis ABCs, his ability to dig balls out of the dirt was legendary. Taylor was also a productive lefty-swinging, line-drive hitter who regularly batted over .300. His leadership skills were such that he eventually became a well-regarded player-manager. Renowned for his teaching abilities, Taylor was instrumental in the development of Hall of Famer Buck Leonard.

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