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Taylor Duncan

Taylor McDowell Duncan
Born: May 12, 1953 in Memphis, Tenn.
Died: Jan. 3, 2004 in Asheville, N.C.
Debut: 1977 | Pos: 3B
H: 6′ | W: 170 | B: R | T: R

2 112 331 27 86 3 39 1 .260

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Taylor Duncan, who played for parts of two seasons in the major leagues, died on Jan. 3, 2004 in Asheville, N.C., following a stroke. He was 50.

He was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the first round — the 10th overall pick — of the 1971 draft.

His stay with Atlanta was brief. In November 1972, he was traded, along with Earl Williams to the Orioles for Davey Johnson, Pat Dobson, Roric Harrison and Johnny Oates.

In September 1977, he was claimed off waivers by the Cardinals and he made his major league debut on Sept. 15.

Oakland picked Duncan in the December 1977 Rule V draft and he had his most productive season in the majors in 1978, hitting .257 in 319 at-bats with 2 home runs and 37 RBI.

According to his obituary, Duncan had shown much potential as a player in the Sacramento area. However, his potential took a hit when he broke his ankle sliding into second base in his first season in the minor leagues.