Former Expos third baseman Bob "Beetle" Bailey dies at 75
Former Expos third baseman Bob "Beetle" Bailey, who got the club's first base hit and first RBIs in their inaugural game, died on Jan. 10, 2018 at age 75.
The Canadian Press
Published Wednesday, January 10, 2018 7:57PM EST
Bob Bailey, an original Montreal Expo who got the team's first base hit in 1969, has died. He was 75.
The Baseball Hall of Fame and the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association were among the people and organizations to tweet messages of condolences for "Beetle" Bailey, who died Tuesday in Las Vegas, where he lived.
Bailey, a power hitting third baseman, played 951 games over seven seasons for Montreal. In his peak years, he had 28 home runs and 84 runs-batted-in in 1970 and 26 homers and 86 RBIs in 1973.
In the expansion Expos' first game on April 8, 1969 in New York, Bailey got the team's first hit off Tom Seaver in the first inning. His double that brought home Gary Sutherland and Mack Jones marked the Expos' first RBIs. Bailey went 2-for-4 as the Expos won 11-10.
"At the start, he was a little disappointed to be in Montreal, but he found a manager, Gene Mauch, who preferred veterans over rookies so it was a good place for him," said long-time Expos broadcaster Jacques Doucet. "He was a charming guy who loved to talk baseball.
"On the plane or the bus, if you sat next to Bailey, he always had a good story to tell."