The Obit For Ed Bailey
baseball pro Bailey dies at 75
The Knoxville News Sentinel
Ed Bailey, former
professional baseball catcher and a Knoxville City Council member for
12 years, died at 10 p.m. Friday at Parkwest Medical Center. He was
Mr. Bailey served on City Council from 1983 to 1995. Prior to that, he was an aide to the late U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Sr. for 12 years.
The father of four sons - Jeff, Jack, Joe and Jim - began his baseball career on Knoxville-area sandlots and at the University of Tennessee where he played on the Vols' freshman team. After a two-year stay in the U.S. Army, he went on to play for the Reds, Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants, Milwaukee Braves and California Angels.
Freshmen were not eligible to play varsity athletics when Mr. Bailey signed with Tennessee. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in late 1949 and played on the Fort Jackson, S.C., post team before playing pro baseball.
The Strawberry Plains native hit 28 home runs in 1956 for Cincinnati, including three in one game. That year he won the major leagues' Sophomore of the Year honor. In winning the award, he beat out St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Ken Boyer. In all, he played professional ball for 17 years. Mr. Bailey was inducted into the Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame in 1982.
He leaves his widow, the former Betty Carr, of Knoxville; sons Jack, Jeff, Joe and Jim Bailey of Knoxville. Joe Bailey is a Knoxville City councilman. He also is survived by a sister, Jean (Mrs. Al Neil), and a brother, James Hopkins "Hop" Bailey of Roane County. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.