Sunday, February 19, 2012

The 1884 Maroons: Taylor Jumps His Contract

Billy Taylor, who is reported to have jumped his contract with the Lucas Unions at Philadelphia, played with the Alleghenys of Pittsburg for several years past, and was released last year.  He is a good general player and has won many games for the Lucas club by his effective pitching.  His salary was reported as $1,700 for the season.  His loss will be severely felt.
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, July 2, 1884

As we saw yesterday, Taylor pitched for the Maroons in Philadelphia on June 30th, throwing a one-hitter.  Two days later, the papers are reporting that he jumped to the Philadelphia Athletics of the American Association.  For a team that was winning as much as the Maroons did in 1884, they sure had some bad luck with pitchers.

Somebody needs to buy Charlie Sweeney some drinks because the Black Diamonds have a roster spot they need to fill.      

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