Friday, March 30, 2012

Angels Debut #111 Ed Bailey

Lonas Edgar Bailey
Position: Catcher
Bats: Left, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2", Weight: 205 lb.
Born: April 15, 1931 in Strawberry Plains, TN
MLB Debut: September 26, 1953 Cincinnati Reds
Final MLB Game: April 26, 1966 California Angels
Died: March 23, 2007 in Knoxville, TN
Years with the Angels: 1966
January 15, 1966: Purchased by the California Angels from the Chicago Cubs.
May 7, 1966: Released by the California Angels.

In the top of the 14th of a 2-2 tie, Bailey came in as a pinch hitter for Ed Sukla and made it as far as the batters box before being replaced by Frank Malzone (who struck out to end the inning).  The Angels lost 3-2 in the bottom of the 14th to the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday, April 12, 1966 (D) at Comiskey Park I.  And that was Ed Bailey's Angels debut.

Appeared in 5 games and in 4 plate appearances never got a hit but walked once.

  • Originally signed by the Cincinnati Reds as an amateur free agent before the 1950 season.
  • Served in the military in 1952-1953.
  • Also played for the Reds (53-61); Giants (61-63, 65); Braves (64); Cubs (65).
  • Brother of pitcher Jim Bailey who were teammates on the 1959 Reds.
  • 5-time NL All-Star (1956, 1957, 1960, 1961 & 1963)
  • Hit double figures in home runs in eight of his 14 ML seasons.
  • Hit three home runs in one 1956 game.
  • Had eight pinch-hit homers, including two grand slams.
  • Hit a two-run homer in Game 3 of the 1962 World Series.
  • Collected eight RBI in a 1965 game.
  • Made two unassisted double plays in 1963 and 1965.
  • Caught Juan Marichal's no-hitter on June 15, 1963.

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