February 26, 2005

Ace Bailey

This is the last of the hockey collection that I'll scan...I have other cards, but this one now gives me extra pause.


(And the reverse)

Click to see it larger, and notice the "A" in Ace...see the happy face?

You don't hear anything bad about Ace Bailey, hockeywise or otherwise. After his four seasons with the Caps he went to Edmonton, where he became mentor and surrogate father to a very young Wayne Gretzky, who said of Ace:

He was like the mayor of [Lynnfield, MA]. People kept calling him for favors. He'd chop wood for one lady, pick up groceries for another, cook lunch for a neighbor who couldn't get out of his house. When we went out, it took us an hour and a half to drive a distance that should have taken 20 minutes because he knew everyone and we kept stopping to say hello.

This is from the tribute that ran in the September 24, 2001, Sports Illustrated. Ace Bailey died on September 11, 2001, a passenger on Flight 175.

Posted by Nic at February 26, 2005 09:39 AM
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