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1961 Topps #418 Ed Bailey

Lonas Edgar Bailey Jr.

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Catcher Ed Bailey was the brother of pitcher Jim Bailey. They were teammates on the Cincinnati Redlegs in 1959. His brother-in-law Al Neil was a minor league slugger.

Bailey was one of the top catchers of the 1950s and 1960s. He had some power and also drew a lot of walks. He was named five times to the All-Star team and appeared in the 1962 World Series. His best year was probably 1956, when he hit 28 home runs with a batting line of .300/.385/.551 in 118 games - although the Redlegs that year hit a ton of homers with Frank Robinson hitting 38, Wally Post hitting 36, Ted Kluszewski hitting 35, and Gus Bell hitting 29.

Bailey usually shared catching duties, only once getting than 400 at-bats in a season. He rarely played any position other than catcher. In spite of that he had 155 home runs in his career. With the Reds, he was usually platooned with Smoky Burgess, while with the San Francisco Giants he was platooned with Tom Haller, which the similarity scores method sees as one of the ten most similar players to Bailey.

Bailey missed the 1951 and 1952 seasons due to military service.

Bailey worked in public relations for Waste Management and BFI Industries for a number of years. He was an aide to U S Representative John J Duncan, Sr. for 12 years, then served on the Knoxville City Council from 1983 to 1995.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 5-time NL All-Star (1956, 1957, 1960, 1961 & 1963)
  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 3 (1956, 1957 & 1963)

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