Steve Taylor

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Taylor was drafted in the first round by the New York Yankees in 1977 – a first by any Delaware baseball player. In his senior year at the University of Delaware, Steve had a 12-1 record with 11
complete games, three shutouts, (UD records), a 1.59 ERA and 114 strikeouts in 102 innings.  Steve received the “Delaware Athlete of the Year” award and was named NCAA Division I first team
All-America that year. Bob Hannah, University of Delaware baseball coach, said “There is absolutely no question in my mind that Steve will make the Majors. I rank him with the best kids I have ever
seen in college ball”.  His professional career began at Ft. Lauderdale, Florida State League where his manager said “Steve was my best pitcher, too good for this league” .  He was rated a
“Can’t Miss “ prospect and he compiled a five-year minor league record of 25-9 with 54 starts in Double A  and Triple A ball.  In 1979 his arm blew ou  Steve tried a comeback in late
1980, but this same injury ended his career in 1981.  He was inducted into the prestigious CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame in 1990.  Taylor  was inducted into the Delaware
Baseball Hall of Fame in 1990.  He was inducted into the University of Delaware Hall of Fame in 1999.  Steve was instrumental in bringing minor league baseball back to the state of Delaware
after 41 year.  His efforts played a large part in the building of Frawley Stadium.  He was also a driving force to get the Delaware Sports Hall of Fame Museum included at Frawley
Stadium.

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