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Former Cubs & Indians player relives MLB magic

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Sammy Taylor has done a lot in 83 years that most hope to do in 2 lifetimes. Wednesday's World Series game brought 2 chapters in life together.

Taylor was born and raised in Woodruff, South Carolina. Taylor fell in love with America's past-time, baseball while cheering on his dad.

"He was in the textile league around here you know,” explained Taylor, “They called him Big Ox Taylor. I wanted to go with him to play ball. He said I couldn't go unless I had something to do. So I said I said I would catch batting practice."

It was history after that. In 1956, at 23, he was signed by the Braves for  $53 dollars a week.

"Got called to the Braves in the Winter of 1957,” explained Taylor, “They traded me to the Cubs. That was the best thing that ever happened to me because I could play regular all the time."

Taylor played in the big leagues for 6 seasons. He caught for the Indians, Cubs, Mets and Reds. Even though he's traded his bat for his father's cane, he still likes to pretend he's behind home plate.

Now the 2 of those teams, which happen to be the sport's 2 longest championship droughts are facing off in Game 7 of the World Series.

"Should I tell you who I hope wins it,” said Taylor, “You know, I'm pulling for the Cubs."

Not only did he wear a Major League baseball uniform for 6 years, he wore a navy uniform for 4 years, serving in the Korean War.

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