Ed Bailey

Sharing catching duties with Smokey Burgess on the 1956 Reds, the 6’2″ 205-lb Bailey hit 28 home runs as the team tied a National League record by hitting 221. Bailey hit 20 homers in 1957 and 21 in 1963, and was in double figures five other years, but he never drove in more than 75 runs. Platooned throughout his career, he had eight pinch-hit homers, two of which were grand slams. His career featured two very productive games (he hit three home runs in one 1956 game and drove in eight runs in a 1965 contest) and he made two unassisted double plays. When pitcher Jim Bailey was promoted to the 1959 Reds, Ed briefly became part of one of baseball’s few “brother batteries.