Born: December 3, 1924 in Zanesville, Ohio
Died: January 6, 2002
Debut: 1950 | Pos: 1B
H: 6'3" | W: 201 | B: L | T: R
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A talented athlete, Fred Taylor had a brief baseball career before returning to his alma mater to find glory in another profession -- basketball.
Taylor, a collegiate All-American in baseball, collected 49 at-bats over three seasons with the Washington Senators.(1950-52). He was the starting forward of Ohio State's basketball team that won the Big 10 Championship in 1950 and finished third nationally.
He returned to Ohio State in 1958 to serve as assistant basketball coach and took charge of the program in 1959 as the head coach. Ohio State won the 1960 NCAA Championship and made it to the Final Four in 1961, 1962 and 1968. His teams won, or tied, for seven Big 10 Championships and he coached All-Americans Bobby Knight, Jerry Lucas and John Havlicek.
He was later enshrined into the Ohio Hall of Fame.
In 49 at-bats for the Senators, Taylor, a first baseman, hit .191 with 29 RBIs.