Bailey was born in Omaha, Nebraska, but moved to Seattle when he was 14, and played his college ball at Washington State. By played for Detroit in 1952 when they won the NFL championship (no Super Bowl yet), but was traded to Green Bay the following year. Not happy with the way things were being run in Green Bay, Bailey came North to Canada. Bailey joined the BC (then Vancouver) Lions in their first season in 1954 and became the first star of the new franchise. For baseball fans, you could consider By Bailey to be the equivalent of Rusty Staub for the expansion Montreal Expos in 1969. Fittingly enough, Bailey played his entire caree for BC and in his last year in 1964 the Lions won their first Grey Cup. Listed as a fullback, Bailey had more speed than we tend to associate with that position today. As proof of this, Bailey was consistently among the Kickoff Return leaders in the West. By was a Western All-Star at running back in 1957(there were no CFL All-Stars until 1962). During the latter part of his career, Bailey was shifted to defence with the arrival of a flashy new running back in Willie Fleming. Bailey continued to thrive as a top defensive back with 12 interceptions in his final three years, including 8 in 1963 which was good for second best in the West. By Bailey was elected to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1971. Bailey became a Canadian citizen in 1959, and remained in BC after his retirement. Among other post football accomplishments, Bailey was active in business, helped coach high school football, and was a member of the BC Lions Board of Directors.
** Fumbles Lost (FL) stat not kept during these years