Born: August 3, 1902|
Bay City, Michigan
Died: December 12, 1970 (aged 68)|
|Batted: Left||Threw: Right|
|April 10, 1928 for the Boston Red Sox|
|Last MLB appearance|
|May 4, 1932 for the Philadelphia Phillies|
|Runs batted in||95|
Douglas John Taitt [Poco] (August 3, 1902 – December 12, 1970) was a right fielder in Major League Baseball and a player/manager in the Minor leagues. Listed at 6' 0, 176 lb., he batted left-handed and threw right-handed.
Taitt entered the majors in 1928 with the Boston Red Sox, playing for them through the 1929 midseason before joining the Chicago White Sox (1919) and Philadelphia Phillies (1931–1932). His most productive season came in his rookie year for Boston, when he posted career-numbers in games (143), hits (144), doubles (28), triples, stolen bases (13) and on-base percentage (.350), while hitting a .299 average with 51 runs scored and 61 runs batted in, also career-highs. Inexplicably, he faded after that and was relegated to a backup role.
In a four-season career, Taitt was a .263 hitter (217-for-824) with three home runs and 95 RBI in 258 games, including 81 runs, 43 doubles, 16 triples and 13 stolen bases. In 228 outfield appearances (58 at left field) he posted a collective .975 fielding percentage (12 errors in 479 chances).
Following his brief stint in major leagues Taitt resumed his career in the minors. In 1931 he led the Southern Association in hits (194), home runs (17) and triples (19), and also topped the league with a .355 average in 1935 and with 20 home runs and 132 RBI a year later. He collected 2,150 hits in his minor league career, while batting .331 with 107 home runs and a slugging of .500 in 1874 games.
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