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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 ...