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Brooklyn Dodger Taylor Dead at 81

November 9, 2000

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) _ Pitcher Harry Taylor, who broke into the major leagues as a 28-year-old teammate of Jackie Robinson with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, died Sunday after an extended illness. He was 81.

Taylor was 10-5 in his rookie season with 10 complete games and two shutouts and a 3.11 ERA. He led the league by holding opposing batters to a .225 batting average.

An arm injury limited Taylor’s effectiveness late in the season but he was the starting pitcher in Game 4 of the World Series against the New York Yankees. That was the game the Dodgers won on a ninth-inning double by Cookie Lavagetto which broke up a no-hitter by Bill Bevens.

After two years with the Dodgers, Taylor pitched three more seasons with the Boston Red Sox. He finished with a career record of 19-21 and a 4.10 ERA.

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