Ron Taylor

Taylor saved 73 games in his career, almost all as bullpen ace for the Cardinals and Mets. In his first start, for the Indians in 1962, he lost a 12-inning duel, 4-0, on a grand slam by Boston’s Carroll Hardy. Traded to St. Louis, he recorded an NL-high eight relief wins for the 1964 World Champions. When the Mets took the championship in 1969, Taylor won nine games and, for the second of three straight seasons, saved 13. In six career postseason appearances, he did not allow a run and had three saves. The Toronto native graduated from medical school five years after he finished pitching and became the Blue Jays’ team physician.