Saturday, June 6, 2009

Virtual Bike Tour of Baseball Sites - Taylor Texas

My long-time readers (defined here as anybody who was reading my blog last fall) may remember that I was trying to get back into shape after my cardiac catheterisation in September by riding my at-home stationary bike. I was charting my progress on a map starting at Minute Maid Stadium in Houston. I planned to virtually travel through cities, highlighting the baseball players born in each city on the blog, hopefully with baseball cards of the players. Unfortunately, I was having trouble with my knees and gave up near the end of October. In early March of this year I joined the brand new YMCA in my town and I've been working out there regularly. And I'm back on the bike! So let the trip resume. It was a pretty long haul from my last stop in Brenham Texas (the home of Astro's manager Cecil Cooper) to my next stop at Taylor Texas (78.9 miles). I'm up to about 8 miles on the bike now so progress will be better. Taylor is a small town of about 15,000 located 29 miles northeast of Austin TX. I've never actually be there. Nothing exciting to report about players from Taylor. According to there were only two major leaguers born there.

Jim Gideon was born in 1953 and was the Rangers #1 draft pick in 1975. He was 2-0 in the Rangers rookie club and the 4-5 in their AAA affiliate in Spokane. The Rangers brought him up to start on game in September 1975 where he got shelled, giving up 5 runs in 5.2 innings. He was in and out of the minors until 1982 but never pitched again in the majors. Here is his only major league card, 1977 Topps #478. I don't own it, I found the image on
The other player was Pat McLaughlin, born in 1910. He had a long minor league career but only spent parts of 3 years in the majors (1937 with the Tigers, 1940 with the A's and 1945 back with the Tigers). No baseball cards for him according to

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