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Todd Bolton

baseball player, manager, and executive, was born Charles Isham Taylor in Anderson, South Carolina, the son of Isham B. Taylor, a Methodist minister, and his wife Adaline (maiden name unknown). Known throughout his life as C. I., he was the fifth of twelve children. He attended school in Anderson County, South Carolina, and later attended Clark College in Atlanta, where he lettered in baseball and was rated the best third baseman in the Atlanta Intercollegiate League. During the Spanish-American War Taylor served in Company H of the Tenth U.S. Cavalry.

Following the war Taylor began his illustrious eighteen-year managerial career in black professional baseball. He began as player-manager of the Birmingham Giants of Alabama in 1904. He played second base and managed the club until 1909. At different times throughout his six years in Birmingham he had three of his younger brothers, John, Jim ...


Robert M. O'Brien

Baseball Hall of Famer, who played for six teams during a twenty-two-season career as an outfielder and designated hitter. Off the field he has been a philanthropist, author, and baseball executive.

Winfield was the second of two boys born to Frank and Arline Winfield in Saint Paul, Minnesota. His parents separated when he was a small child. Growing up in a working-class home in Saint Paul, Winfield described his childhood as happy, with organized sports and especially baseball becoming his passion. By his senior year of high school the six-foot-six Winfield had become a star in both baseball and basketball. After graduating high school he was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles, who planned on sending him to the minor leagues. Winfield instead opted for the local University of Minnesota on a half baseball scholarship.

At Minnesota he excelled as a pitcher his sophomore and senior seasons with an arm injury ...