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Lonas Edgar Bailey Jr.
Born: April 15, 1931 in Strawberry Plains, Tenn.
Died: March 23, 2007 in Knoxville, Tenn.
Debut: 1953 | Pos: C
H: 6’2″ | W: 205 | B: L | T: R

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>> Visit the Ed Bailey biography on Baseball Almanac for complete statistics.

Ed Bailey, a catcher who played for 14 seasons in the major leagues, died on March 23, 2007 in Knoxville, Tenn. from cancer. He was 75.

He hit .256 in his career with 155 home runs and 540 RBI. He was an All-Star in 1956, 1957, 1960, 1961 and 1963. His best season in the major leagues came in 1956 when he hit .300 with 28 home runs and 75 RBI for the Reds.

His career included stops with Cincinnati (1953-1961), San Francisco (1961-1963), Milwaukee NL (1964), San Francisco (1965), Chicago AL (1965) and California (1966).

In April 1961, the Reds traded him to the Giants for Bob Schmidt, Don Blasingame and Sherman Jones. The Giants traded him in December 1963, along with Felipe Alou, Billy Hoeft and Ernie Bowman to the Milwaukee Braves for Del Crandall, Bob Show and Bob Hendley.

Milwaukee traded him to the Giants for Billy O’Dell in Feb. 1965. In May 1965, the Giants sent him, along with Harvey Kuenn, to the Cubs for Dick Bertell and Len Gabrielson.

He had one hit in 14 at-bats in the Giants’ loss in the 1962 World Series to the Yankees. His lone hit in the series was a home run.

His brother, Jim, pitched for the Reds in 1959. On Sept. 10, 1959, the Jim pitched to his brother Ed in a game against the Cubs.