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Don Bailey

Officiating ∙ Monaca

 

 

 

 

Don Bailey was such an expert on baseball rules and administration that he was known as “Mr Baseball” in Beaver County from 1941 until his death in 1974 at age 77. But an ironic bit of trivia about this amazing man was that he had never been a player on any level of organized baseball. Don’s first love was umpiring, an occupation in which he got his start at a boy of 13 in his native Warren, Ohio. He perfected his skills in officiating throughout his youth and concentrated on developing his knowledge of baseball rules. After being wounded in World War I, Don came to Beaver County in 1920 and opened a photography studio in Monaca, and by 1926 he was writing baseball rules articles. He estimated his total output in that field to fill an eight page eight column newspaper. Much later he wrote two books titled “Beaver County Baseball Guide” and “Beaver County Baseball League Record Book.” Don became commissioner of the Beaver County Baseball League in 1941 and was active in that capacity until ill health forced his retirement in 1958. He founded the Beaver County Umpires Association in 1946 and joined Cal Hubbard in forming an umpiring school two years later, which produced five umpires who went on to professional careers. Bailey served as assistant director of veterans affairs for Beaver County and was active for many years in the American Legion.