C. I. Taylor

Male, Deceased Person

1875 – 1922


Who was C. I. Taylor?

Charles Isham Taylor was an American second baseman, manager and executive in Negro league baseball. Born in Anderson, South Carolina, he was the oldest among four sons of a Methodist minister - including Candy Jim, Ben and Johnny - who made a remarkable impact on black baseball.

After serving in the Spanish-American War in the Philippines, Taylor attended Clark College in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1904 he started the first black professional baseball team in Birmingham, Alabama, the Birmingham Giants, recruiting from Southern colleges. In 1914 he became half-owner, along with Thomas Bowser, and manager of the Indianapolis ABC's, and over the next several seasons developed the team into a power rivaled only by Rube Foster's Chicago American Giants. When World War I drew off many players from his roster, he personally toured Washington, D.C. with them, pointing out the various government institutions and instilling in them a sense of their duty to their nation. He was also a co-founder and vice president of the Negro National League before his death at age 47 in Indianapolis, Indiana. His widow continued to operate the ABC's for three years, with his brother Ben as manager for the first year, before the team folded in 1926.

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Jan 20, 1875
Feb 23, 1922

on July 23, 2013


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