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Chestnut Hill College Professor Henry R. (Ted) Taylor, is a lifelong baseball fan, and was the founding president of The Philadelphia Athletics Historical Society that was formed in 1995 to honor the memory of Philadelphia’s American League baseball team. His lectures about the A’s and their amazing history over 54 years has been delivered in many venues in the tri-state area.
Ted’s most recent book The Ultimate Philadelphia Athletics Reference Book, 1901-1954 (Xlibris, 2010) was critically acclaimed and carried by the major book seller Barnes & Noble, by Amazon.com and is on sale at the Phillies ballpark. Critics from as diverse a group as Baseball Digest, Philadelphia Daily News, Montgomery Media, Mainline Today, Daily Intelligencer, Burlington County NJ Times and the Bucks County Courier all hurled platitudes his way about the book.
Prior to that Taylor had written The Philadelphia Athletics by the Numbers (2009), 100 years & 100 Recipes, The Story of Ralph’s Italian Restaurant (2000), Baseball Cards – 300 All-Time Stars (Publications International) and The Official Baseball Card Collecting Handbook (Beekman House). Ted has also written two college textbooks on Mass Communications and Public Relations (both published by Zip Publishing).
Widely regarded as an authority on baseball cards and memorabilia, he served as an “expert witness” in the 1979 Federal Anti-Trust suit in U.S. District Court (Fleer vs. Topps). He wrote a “Collectors Corner” column in The Philadelphia Daily News for twelve years and was also a columnist for Sports Collectors Digest. Ted has had three other baseball-related books published. He often served as host of the nationally syndicated radio show “The Collectibles Hour” on Sports By-Line USA, and appeared as a baseball expert on national and local TV. He is owner of TTA Authentic LLC, Abington PA, a sports & celebrity authentication and appraisal company.
A career educator, he has been a teacher, baseball coach, administrator and athletics director. In 1989 his Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science baseball team made it to the NCAA Division II Final 8 and while a college AD his teams won a combined 32 championships in various sports.
Ted served both Fleer and Score Board as a vice president and headed his own public relations firm. He then returned to education, teaching at a Philadelphia area high school for three years and is now an adjunct professor at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia since 2000. Taylor served as vice chairman of the board of Act II Playhouse, a professional equity theatre (2000-2010) and is a member of the board of the Celestia Performing Arts Association. He has founded several area youth organizations including the Glenside Youth AC, Keystone State Football League and the Warminster Pioneers and was first president of the Eastern Pennsylvania Sports Collectors Club.
Ted is married, the father of four and grandfather of four, and lives with his wife Cindy in Abington, PA and Wildwood Crest NJ.