Edward Taber ('25)

Baseball - Basketball - Football

Edward Taber - Hall of FameA native of Rock Island, Illinois, Edward "Red" Taber (C'25) came to the University of Dubuque after a stellar high school athletic career that would land him in the Rock Island High School Hall of Fame.

A three-sport athlete in baseball, basketball, and football, Taber found his greatest success as a pitcher for the baseball team while earning his degree in political science. In an era of few, in any, eligibility regulations, he then pitched for three years at Georgetown University while completing a degree in Foreign Services. Taber enjoyed several stints in the major leagues in 1926 and 1927, playing for legendary manager Connie Mack and the Philadelphia Phillies. "Lefty" as he became known in professional baseball pitched in nine games over two seasons with the Phillies.

Before UD, Taber attended spring training with the 1919 Chicago White Sox, the team that later that fall would become infamously known as the "Black Sox" for fixing results of the World Series.

After retiring from professional baseball in 1930, Taber found success in private business endeavors, including the formation of Ed Taber and Sons, a manufacturing company in Lincoln, Nebraska. Prior to his passing in 1983 at the age of 83, Taber enjoyed 57 years of marriage to his wife Bridget. He and Bridget had three sons: Matt, Ed, and Tim.