Harry Evans Taylor, 77, moved on to eternal life with his Lord on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013. Service: 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at First Methodist Church of Fort Worth. Interment: Shannon Rose Hill Cemetery. Visitation: 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at Thompson's Harveson & Cole. Memorials: Should friends desire, gifts in Harry's memory may be given to the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Box 4486, Houston, Texas 77210.
Dr. Taylor was born Dec. 2, 1935, in San Angelo to Mary and Harry W. Taylor and experienced a happy and wonderful life. The Taylor family moved to Fort Worth in 1941. Harry attended public schools and graduated from Polytechnic High School in 1954. While in high school, Harry pitched on the baseball team with a group of talented athletes that won the Texas State 5A Baseball Championship in 1953. Harry was selected as All-State Pitcher in 1953. Harry also played quarterback on the football team and was selected as All-State Quarterback in 1954.
While he was attending the University of Texas on a baseball scholarship, Texas won the 1957 Southwest Conference Baseball Championship and advanced to the College World Series. Harry was selected as a pitcher on the 1957 All-SWC College Baseball Team and All-American pitcher on the American College Baseball Team. Also, Harry pitched for the semi-pro Sinton Oilers in the National Baseball Congress in 1955 and was awarded the honor as the Most Popular Player and All-American Pitcher.
Harry pitched briefly for the Kansas City Athletics in the American League in 1957-'58 until an elbow injury and surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital ended his professional baseball career.