Samuel Douglas Taylor
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Sammy Taylor, a catcher from Woodruff, South Carolina, spent parts of nine seasons in major league baseball. His most productive season came in 1959 when he appeared in 110 games for the Cubs, hitting .269 with 13 home runs and 43 runs batted in.
On June 30, 1959, Taylor, then a Cub, was involved in one of baseball's stranger plays. Stan Musial of the Cardinals draws a walk on a wild pitch from the Cubs' Bob Anderson. As the pitch got by Taylor, Musial tried for second.
Cubs' third baseman Alvin Dark ran to retrieve the ball which had been tossed by a bat boy to the field announcer Pat Peiper. Peiper let it drop so that Dark could field it. While this was going on, umpire Vic Delmore routinely tossed a new ball to Taylor.
Taylor threw the ball to Anderson and Anderson threw it to second at the same time Dark was throwing the "real" ball to shortstop Ernie Banks. Anderson's throw was high and the ball rolled into the outfield.
Musial thought it was safe to continue to third and was tagged out by Banks. Musial is ruled out by the umpires even though the bat boy touched the ball.