Johnny ‘Schoolboy’ Taylor played in the Negro leagues and may be one of the greatest baseball players ever to come from Hartford. A ballfield may soon be named for him.


Hartford’s Johnny Taylor, considered by many as the best baseball talent ever to come out of Hartford, is pictured at his home in July 1976. “When I pitched in the Mexican League during the war, the owner would buy me a new suit for every shutout I hurled. When the season was over, I came home to Hartford with 15 new suits. Yes, those were the days,” Taylor, then 60, told The Courant. (Hartford Courant file photo)

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