Bob Bailor… spent a couple of years trapped in AAA behind the Orioles infield which featured Brooks Robinson, Mark Belanger and Bobby Grich. Bailor was rescued from Rochester when he was the Blue Jays’ first pick in the 1976 expansion draft (The Mariners took Rupert Jones first overall). The Blue Jays moved him to the outfield, he hit .310, made the Topps Rookie All-Star team and was the Blue Jays’ Player Of The Year in his first two seasons in Toronto. He started to struggle in 1979 and would go on to be a utility player with the Mets and Dodgers.
In 1976, Bob… Didn’t play much. He appeared in 9 games with the O’s and 36 with the AAA Rochester Red Wings. On the plus side, he batted .333 with the Orioles; on the downside, that’s over 6 at bats. As I’d mentioned, he would be drafted by the Blue Jays after the season.
Cardboard Stuff: This is the only card to picture Bob Bailor with the Orioles, and I have to say that it weirded me out a little bit when I first saw it. I think of Bailor as a Blue Jay or as a Met, maybe as a Dodger or even a minor league manager, but seeing him in an Orioles uniform is just plain odd.
Betcha Didn’t Know, Part 1: He was involved in a trade that brought Sid Fernandez from L.A. to the Mets.
Betcha Didn’t know, Part 2: Bob pitched three games in the Majors (all in August, 1980).
In his first Major League pitching stint, he faced four Cleveland Indians and retired them all.
In his second appearance, he gave up 2 hits in one inning against the Royals to close out a 9-0 KC blowout.
A week later he faced the Royals in another blowout, but this time they were ready for him; He’d started in RF, came in to pitch with the Jays down by 6 runs, faced three batters; all three got on base, two of them scored.
Shea-o-meter: Many of the photos in 1976 SSPC were taken in Shea Stadium; Every team came through Shea because the Yankees were temporarily playing in Shea while Yankee Stadium was being renovated. “Can two Major League teams share a ballpark without driving each other crazy?”
Blue skies, lights over his head and the merest glimpse of a tree. I think we’re going to have to go with “can’t tell”. The “custom card guy” in me desperately wants to photoshop-out that bank of lights…
Pretty sure it’s Shea: 8
Can’t tell: 15
Not Shea: 7
We’re going to keep track of all the instances of 1970’s facial hair and other 1970’s trends… Sideburns, afros, mustaches, Aviator glasses…
He’s got the sideburns going… I don’t know, would you call this “long hair”? Eh, what the heck, I’m putting him down that way.
Total Cards: 81
1970’s Sideburns: 41
Fu Manchu: 4
Mustache other than Fu Manchu: 25
Long Hair: 19