|Birth: ||Oct. 12, 1930|
|Death: ||Jan. 18, 1998|
British Columbia, Canada
By Bailey was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the 25th Round of the 1952 NFL Draft. He played sparingly, but was with the team when they won the 1952 NFL Championship game, 17-7, over the Cleveland Browns. The following year, Bailey was traded to the then last place Green Bay Packers, where he finished the 1953 season with 29 yards on 13 rushing attempts, and 8 pass receptions for 119 yards.
CANADIAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE - BC Lions- Unhappy with his playing time in Green Bay, Bailey, recruited by CFL legend and the first head coach of the B.C. Lions Annis Stukus, joined the Lions for their inaugural, 1954 season. Bailey scored the first touchdown in B.C. Lions' history on August 28, 1954, during an 8-6 loss to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Bailey also scored the first, winning touchdown in B.C. Lions' history on September 18, 1954, during a 9-4 victory over the Calgary Stampeders.
Bailey was the Lions' leading rusher and offensive captain from 1955 to 1960, and twice led the CFL Western Division in kick-off returns. In 1957, Bailey was named to the CFL Western Division All-Star Team as a running back. That same year, Bailey won the Bobby Bourne Memorial Trophy as the Lions' "Most Popular Player." Bailey was also honored with a "By Bailey Night" by the Lions during the 1960 season, the first player to receive such an honor.
Bailey began his career as a fullback in the Lions' double fullback offensive backfield. In 1962, when the Lions dropped the double fullback position, Bailey played outside linebacker and cornerback. He wore #88 as an offensive player and #38 when on defense.
Bailey retired following the B.C. Lions first Grey Cup Championship in 1964. Over his 11 year career with the Lions, which covered 158 games, Bailey rushed for 3,643 yards on 783 attempts, and caught 101 passes for 1,161 yards. He was the first B.C. Lion player inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1975, and was inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame the same year. In November, 2006, Bailey was voted to the Honour Roll of the CFL's top 50 players of the league's modern era by Canadian sports network TSN.
Rollin Edward Bailey (1904 - 1995)
Cora Helen Bruner Bailey (1908 - 1974)
Diane May Burton-Churchill Bailey (1930 - 1986)*
Edward Lewis Bailey (1928 - 2013)*
Byron Ledare Bailey (1930 - 1998)
Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea.
Specifically: Ashes scattered over Vancouver Harbour
Created by: Mark McCullough
Record added: Apr 28, 2012
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