Members from BPOE #249’s 125 Years of History — “Buck” Bailey

Arthur Buckner “Buck” Bailey

  • Born & raised in Texas
  • played baseball & football at Texas A & M University
  • served in United Sates Army during WWI
  • returned to Texas A & M, playing baseball & football
  • attended Bethany College
  • player & team captain West Team in Shrine College Football All-Star Game — 1925
  • coached high school football in California
  • played semi-pro football for the Olympic Club
  • offered contract to play for the Chicago Bears
  • assistant football coach Washington State — 1927-1942
  • head baseball coach Washington State — 1927-1943 & 1945-1961 — total WSU record 603-325-5
  • won Pacific Coast Conference — 1927, 1933, 1936 & 1938
  • served in U. S. Navy — WW II
  • 10 conference championship — 1945-1961
  • College World Series — 1950, 1956, 1960 & 1961
  • National runner-up 1950
  • member American Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame — 1966
  • member WSU Athletic Hall of fame — 1978
  • Bailey Field named in his honor
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