“A character and a talent that brought me plenty of enjoyment,” Bench said. “He gave me a tip one day on how to hit Randy Jones. I hit three home runs that night.”
Bailey began his career in 1962, and was described as a “big bonus baby” by Bench. He played for the Pirates from 1962 to 1966. He spent two seasons playing for the Dodgers before joining the first Montreal Expos team. He was traded to the Reds on Dec. 12, 1975 for pitcher Clay Kirby. The Reds traded him two years later to the Boston Red Sox for Frank Newcomer, where he played two in only 45 games in two years, and then retired.
Bailey hit .257 over his career, with 189 home runs and 773 RBIs.