Taylor would spend twelve consecutive seasons in Phillies red (1960-1971), playing a steady second base and generally hitting enough to not be a detriment. 1970 was the only year in which he played at least 120 games and hit .300, though he would top it twice in his later years as a part-timer. In mid-1971, Philadelphia traded the 35-year-old Taylor to the Tigers. He was a valuable asset on the 1972 club, but faltered in his only career postseason series, hitting just 2-for-15 in the ALCS as the A's outlasted Detroit in five games. After a subpar 1973, Tony rejoined the Phillies and ended his career as a reliable pinch hitter and utility man. He retired in 1976 at age forty as the Phils' all-time leader in games played at second base (1,003), and ranks second in club history in steals of home plate (six). He collected 1,511 of his 2,007 career hits in the City of Brotherly Love (tenth among all Phillies), and was selected for the team's Wall of Fame in 2002.
Fun Fact: Tony's first career home run came on June 19, 1958. It was a game-winner in the top of the ninth to break a 4-4 tie. The opposing pitcher? Warren Spahn, the winningest lefty of all time!