Thursday, March 21, 2013
no. 157 - bob bailey
Who is the man: As the position designator says, Bob Bailey was a man without a position in 1970. Aside from third and the outfield (mostly left), Bailey also played 18 games at first base in 1970. But he was beginning to re-establish himself as the hitter he was with the Pirates in the mid-1960s.
Can ya dig it: Bailey looks terribly uncertain amid the palm trees. Perhaps it's the hit the card took on the right edge. Too close to his temple.
Right on: Although the Nationals' color scheme doesn't bother me, I kind of wish they went with the Expos' baby blue instead of dark blue. The color just makes a team more lovable in my view.
You see this cat Bailey is a bad mother: Bailey received the largest bonus ever paid to a player at the time of his signing with the Pirates in 1961. He was expected to be a superstar.
Shut your mouth: Expos relief pitcher Mike Marshall publicly criticized Bailey's fielding at third base in 1973.
No one understands him but his woman: The Dodgers dealt Maury Wills to the Pirates for Bailey and Gene Michael in 1966. Bailey proceeded to hit .227 in back-to-back seasons as the Dodgers finished eighth and seventh, respectively. A lot of folks blamed Bailey for the demise of the Dodgers, since L.A. had just been to back-to-back World Series with Wills on the team.
(A word about the back): The longest home run in the history of the Astrodome is now forever owned by Mike Piazza, who hit an estimated 480-foot blast for the Mets in 1998.