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 Charles Isham “C.I.” Taylor

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Charles Isham “C.I.” Taylor

Birth
Anderson, Anderson County, South Carolina, USA
Death 23 Feb 1922 (aged 47)
Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA
Burial Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA
Memorial ID 7872248 View Source
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Baseball player, manager and executive. Also known as "C.I. Taylor," he was originally from North Carolina and a co-founder of baseball's Negro National League. Taylor played collegiate baseball at Clark College and served in the Spanish-American War before becoming manager of the Negro League Birmingham Giants in 1904. In 1910, he renamed his team the "Sprudels" and moved them to West Baden, IN. He moved the franchise to Indianapolis in 1914 and renamed them the "ABCs" in honor of the team's sponsor, Indianapolis' American Brewing Company. His 1916 ABCs, featuring the legendary Oscar Charleston and other stars Bingo DeMoss, and Taylor's brothers Ben, Johnny and "Candy Jim," defeated Rube Fosters Chicago American Giants in the Negro World Series. He later founded the Negro National League in Kansas City in 1920. As a manager, he insisted that his ABC players demonstrate exemplary conduct and wear collars, ties and shined shoes when not in uniform. The organization served as role models for black youth in Indianapolis. His premature death due to a heart attack was a major blow to the franchise, which eventually collapsed in 1939.

Bio by: Warrick L. Barrett


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  • Originally Created by: Warrick L. Barrett
  • Added: 16 Sep 2003
  • Find a Grave Memorial 7872248
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/7872248/charles-isham-taylor : accessed ), memorial page for Charles Isham “C.I.” Taylor (20 Jan 1875–23 Feb 1922), Find a Grave Memorial ID 7872248, citing Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Find a Grave .