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Wiley Taylor of the Ellsworth minor league baseball team

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Date: 1910

Level of Description: Item

Material Type: Photograph

Call Number: 2014-131

Unit ID: 305975

Summary: Wiley Taylor, a right-handed pitcher for the 1910 Ellsworth, Kansas, minor league team, is shown here warming up. Taylor was a native of Louisville, Kansas, and Ellsworth was the first stop in his professional baseball career. His 16-8 record helped the team secure the 1910 Central Kansas League pennant. Taylor pitched in 27 major league games between 1911 and 1914, including three games each with the Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox, and the remainder with the St. Louis Browns. His major league record was 2-10, with an ERA of 4.10. In the minor leagues, Taylor played not only for Ellsworth, but also for teams in Austin, Lincoln (NE), Louisville, Jersey City, Nashville, Salina, and Topeka. After his baseball career, he remained in Pottawatomie County, where he farmed and served four terms as the county sheriff (1925-28 and 1945-48). Late in life, he also ran a service station and recreation parlor in Westmoreland. Wiley Taylor died in 1954 at the age of 65.

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