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Little League International Mourns the Loss of Taylor John
Taylor John sang the National Anthem several times at the Little League Baseball World Series. This photo is from the early 1990s.Little League International mourns the passing of Taylor John, a Little League graduate and talented singer who performed the National Anthem at the Little League Baseball World Series and recorded the song for use in Little Leagues around the country.
Taylor was the son of Sally John, a member of the Little League International Board of Directors, and former Major Leaguer Tommy John.
“All of us at Little League International are deeply saddened by this loss,” Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball, said. “Taylor was a part of the Little League family, and I know many will fondly remember his wonderful renditions of the National Anthem. On behalf of everyone at Little League, and the International Board of Directors, our thoughts and prayers go out to his mom, Sally, and the John family at this difficult time.”
As a 10-year-old in 1992, Taylor’s singing and acting talents landed him a role in Les Misérables on Broadway. He made news by taking time off from the stage, however, to play baseball at Federal Little League in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Taylor’s recording of the National Anthem was made available to Little Leagues across the U.S. He also sang the Anthem several times at the Little League Baseball World Series.