Bob Bailey (baseball)

Bob Bailey
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Bailey in 1963
Third baseman
Born: (1942-10-13)October 13, 1942
Long Beach, California
Died: January 9, 2018(2018-01-09) (aged 75)
Las Vegas, Nevada
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 14, 1962, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Last MLB appearance
October 2, 1978, for the Boston Red Sox
MLB statistics
Batting average .257
Home runs 189
Runs batted in 773
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Robert Sherwood Bailey (October 13, 1942 – January 9, 2018) was an American professional baseball third baseman. He played seventeen seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) between 1962 and 1978 for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Los Angeles Dodgers, Montreal Expos, Cincinnati Reds, and Boston Red Sox.

Early life

Bailey attended Wilson Classical High School, where he was the 1961 CIF Baseball Player of the Year and quarterbacked the football team for two years, one of which was undefeated.

Career

He was originally signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as a bonus baby.[1] After the 1966 season, the Pirates traded Bailey and Gene Michael to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Maury Wills.[2]

In a 17-season career, Bailey posted a .257 batting average with 189 home runs and 773 Runs batted in in 1931 games played. Bailey batted fifth in the inaugural game of the Montreal Expos versus the New York Mets on April 8, 1969, going 2-for-4 with two RBIs and one walk in the 11-10 win.[3] Bailey led the National League in Double Plays turned by a Third baseman in 1963, Double Plays turned by a Left fielder in 1974 and Fielding percentage by a Third baseman in 1971.

He was acquired by the Reds from the Expos for Clay Kirby on December 12, 1975.[4]

Later life

After his playing days were over, Bailey was a minor league manager and hitting instructor, most notably in the Montreal Expos organization. In 1987, he was the final manager of the Hawaii Islanders.

Bailey died on January 9, 2018 at the age of 75.[5]

References

  1. ^ "Bob Bailey Statistics and History". "baseball-reference.com. Retrieved May 23, 2017.
  2. ^ "Dodgers trade Maury Wills to Pittsburgh". December 2, 1966. Retrieved September 7, 2017.
  3. ^ "Montreal Expos at New York Mets Box Score, April 8, 1969".
  4. ^ Durso Joseph. "Mets Trade Staub to Tigers for Lolich," The New York Times, Saturday, December 13, 1975. Retrieved May 1, 2020
  5. ^ Bob Bailey, ‘the Babe Ruth of Long Beach’ who played for the Dodgers in 17 MLB seasons, dies at 75

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