Ed Bailey = Adult Baseball in Knoxville

The city officially named its adult baseball league for late City Councilman Ed Bailey on May 31. Bailey, who died in 2007, was an outstanding catcher who played major league baseball for 14 seasons. Here are some nitty-gritty details about Bailey’s baseball career assembled by “Kevin,” a blogger who collected Bailey’s 1965 Topps baseball card, no. 559:

Bailey briefly attended the University of Tennessee before signing with the Cincinnati Reds in 1950, though he missed all of 1951-52 due to military service.

At 25, Bailey was the Reds’ starting catcher, hitting .335 with 14 home runs in his first 58 games to earn the first of five All-Star selections. For the season, he wound up at .300 with a .385 on-base percentage, 28 home runs, and 75 RBIs—all career highs. He also led the National League with 23 runners caught stealing, the first of six straight top-five finishes in that category.

Bailey was traded to the Giants early in the 1961 season, and was a contributor to their 1962 N.L. pennant.

He caught Juan Marichal’s no-hitter on June 15, 1963.

On July 22, 1965, he almost single-handedly beat the Phillies with this stat line: 4-for-4, 2 HR, 8 RBIs. His second-inning three-run homer and fifth-inning grand slam accounted for seven of the Cubs’ 10 runs that day. He also completed his second career unassisted double play in another game that year—one of 10 catchers to ever achieve that feat.

Source: The Great 1965 Topps Project blog, 1965topps.blogspot.com

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