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Bob Bailor

Bob Bailor
Utility player
Born: (1951-07-10) July 10, 1951 (age 64)
Connellsville, Pennsylvania
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 6, 1975 for the Baltimore Orioles
Last MLB appearance
October 6, 1985 for the Los Angeles Dodgers
Career statistics
Batting average .264
Hits 775
Home runs 9
Runs batted in 222
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Robert Michael Bailor (born July 10, 1951) is a former Major League Baseball player best known for being the first player selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1976 Major League Baseball expansion draft.

Early years

Bailor was born in Connellsville, Pennsylvania, the first of Robert and Agnes Bailor's four children. His family name was Bialkowski when they first arrived in the United States of America from Poland. Robert was an engineer for the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad, hauling coal, iron ore and limestone, and Agnes was a stay-at-home mom.

In August 1963, Connellsville won the Pennsylvania state Little League title. He did not play high school ball, as neither Connellsville High School nor Geibel Catholic High School (the school he attended) had a baseball team. He did, however, play basketball in high school, and set the team record for most points in a game.

Bailor played baseball with the Connellsville American Legion team. Among his teammates were future Seattle Mariners pitcher Bob Galasso and first baseman Jim Braxton, who went on to have an eight-year career in the National Football League with the Buffalo Bills. It was through the American Legion that Bailor caught the eye of Baltimore Orioles scout Jocko Collins. [2]

Baltimore Orioles

Bailor signed with the Orioles upon graduation from Geibel Catholic in

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He started both games of a September 28 doubleheader with the New York Yankees, one at short and the other at second, and collected his first major league hit off Larry Gura in the second game.[3] He returned to the triple A Rochester Red Wings in

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Toronto Blue Jays

After the Seattle Mariners selected Ruppert Jones from the Kansas City Royals with the first overall pick in the expansion draft, the Toronto Blue Jays made Bailor the second overall pick.[4] Despite the fact that he did not have an everyday position, Bailor appeared in 122 games, and logged 523 plate appearances his rookie season in Toronto. He led the team in hits, (154) stolen bases (15), runs scored (62), and his .310 batting average set an expansion team record.[5] He had ten assists from the outfield in just 537 innings, and was named to the Topps Rookie All-Star team at shortstop despite the fact that he only appeared in 53 games at short. On April 20, the New York Yankees' Sparky Lyle struck Bailor out for the first time in his major league career.[6] Bailor had batted a record 51 times before striking out for the first time.[7]


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Bailor's production declined in 1979, as he batted only .229 with 1 HR and 38 RBI in 130 games, however, his fifteen assists from right field tied Dwight Evans for the most in the American League. In

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New York Mets

Bailor spent a month on the disabled list with a rib cage injury, and was used sparingly his first season in New York, appearing in 51 games and logging just 81 at-bats.[9] He went into Spring training

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Los Angeles Dodgers

Bailor's first season in Los Angeles started late and ended early due to injuries. He dislocated his left shoulder during Spring training, causing him to miss the first month of the

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Career stats

Games PA AB Runs Hits 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO Avg. OBP AB/SO Fld% IP ERA
955 3206 2937 339 775 107 23 9 222 90 187 164 .264 .310 17.9 .974 1.2 7.71

Bailor's .310 batting average with the expansion Toronto Blue Jays broke Rusty Staub's record[clarification needed] set in 1969 with the Montreal Expos (.302). The two were teammates on the New York Mets from 1981 to 1983. Bailor wore number 4 with the Mets, Staub's number during his first tenure with the club (1972-1975). Though he proved to be one of the great utility players of his era, Bailor never liked the term. "It sounds like a guy who changes light bulbs."[14]


Shortly after his release from the Dodgers, Bailor was offered a player-coach position with Toronto's triple A affiliate, the Syracuse Chiefs. He turned the position down in order to spend time with his newborn child, Robert Michael, Jr. A year later, he accepted a position with the organization managing the Florida State League's Dunedin Blue Jays.[15] Bailor later went on to manage Syracuse from

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  2. Rory Costello (December 20, 2011). "Bob Bailor". The Society for American Baseball Research (SABR). 
  3. "New York Yankees 3, Baltimore Orioles 2". September 28, 1975. 
  4. Hal Bock (November 4, 1976). "Seattle, Toronto Select Youth in Baseball Expansion". The Prescott Courier. 
  5. Jim Kaplan (May 22, 1978). "I'll Tell You What—this Guy Can Hit". Sports Illustrated. 
  6. "New York Yankees 7, Toronto Blue Jays 5". April 20, 1977. 
  7. Mark Deutsch (July 4, 2012). "Toronto Sports History: Bob Bailor. He just wanted to play.". Todays Thoughts. 
  8. "Bob Bailor". 
  9. "Early Eighties Mets Utility Player: Bob Bailor (1981-1983)". Centerfield Maz. July 9, 2012. 
  10. Herschel Nissenson (March 30, 1982). "Perfect Example of Baseball Credo That It's Easier to Fire Manager than Dispense of Players". Williamson Daily News. 
  11. "Philadelphia Phillies 10, New York Mets 9". April 13, 1983. 
  12. Joseph Durso (December 14, 1983). "It's too Early to Say Who Baseball Trade Winners Are". Gainesville Sun. 
  13. "Russell, Bailor on DL". The Spokesman-Review. August 14, 1984. 
  14. "Sports Focus: In Their Own Words". The Lexington, N.C. Dispatch. January 11, 1984. 
  15. "SPORTS PEOPLE; Comings and Goings". New York Times. 1987-01-28. Retrieved 2007-06-18. 
  16. "Syracuse". The Baseball Cube. Retrieved 2007-06-18. 
  17. "History: Blue Jays All Time Coaches". Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club. Retrieved 2007-06-18. 

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