Phillips pitched for six seasons in the major leagues, going 16-22 with a 4.82 ERA and six saves. He came up with the Milwaukee Braves in 1956 and pitched mainly in relief during his first two seasons. He joined the Chicago Cubs in 1958 and started 27 games. This led him to post his career high in wins as he finished the year 7-10 with a 4.76 ERA. He threw 170.2 innings that year and struck out 102 hitters. All of these numbers were career highs. Phillips returned to the bullpen in 1959 and the Cubs sent him to Philadelphia in the middle of the season. He pitched two years for the Phillies before seeing action in nine games for the Chicago White Sox in 1963. These were his final appearances in the majors.
As Phillips notes, he was a member of the 1957 Milwaukee Braves team that won the National League pennant and went to the World Series. He was 3-2 that year with two saves for Milwaukee. He did not pitch in the Fall Classic which saw the Braves defeat the New York Yankees in seven games.
Taylor Phillips – career stats