Jack Taylor 1902 pitcher Chicago Orphans (later nicknamed the Cubs) looking up to catch a flyball in West Side Grounds located between West Polk St, South Wolcott, West Taylor & South Wood Street in Chicago. SDN - 000432 Chicago Daily News negatives collection courtesy of Chicago Historical Society
A mound stalwart during baseball’s Dead Ball Era, Jack Taylor won 150 major league games, while compiling a resounding 2.66 earned run average during his ten seasons in the National League, eight with Chicago Cubs.
Using a pitching arsenal consisting of slow curves, and legal spit balls with an occasional fastball, Jack Taylor chalked up three straight 20 wins season, going 22-11 in 1902 when he led the majors with a miserly 1.33 ERA, was fifth in the National League with complete games, 33, was fifth in wins, 22, and third in fewest hits per 9 innings with 7.51, third in innings with 325 and fourth in shutouts with 7.
In 1903 Jack Taylor had a 21-14 record for the Chicago Orphans (Cubs). Pitching with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1904 he posted a 20-19 record and led the NL with 39 complete games (39 starts). IN 1906 Jack Taylor compiled another 20 game win season, going 8-9 with the Cardinals and 12-3 with the Cubs, 20-12 record. A good hitting pitcher Jack Taylor batted .223 with 236 hits in 338 games.