Monday, December 12, 2011

Tuesday, December 12, 1933

Rode with Nadine. We went down to the library in English. Went to the dentist. Hattie stayed with Mrs. Raifert.

Ace Bailey (left) shakes the hand of  Eddie Shore
at the benefit All-Star Game held in honour of Bailey

Irvine Wallace "Ace" Bailey (July 3, 1903 – April 7, 1992) was an ice hockey player
player who competed for the Toronto Maple Leafs during eight seasons, from 1926-1933.

Bailey's career came to an abrupt end on December 12, 1933, when he was hit from behind
by Eddie Shore of the Boston Bruins, apparently in retaliation for a hit Shore had received
received moments earlier, and hit his head on the ice, fracturing his skull. It was feared that
Bailey would not survive after severely injuring his head. Bailey did recover, but never played
hockey again. An All-Star Benefit Game was held at Maple Leaf Gardens on February 14, 1934,
 which raised $20,909.40 for Bailey and his family. Bailey and Shore shook hands and embraced at
centre ice before the game began. Thirteen years later, the NHL introduced an annual all-star game.

Bailey's #6 jersey was the first ever to be retired by an NHL team, and is one of only two to have
 been permanently retired by the Maple Leafs (the other being Bill Barilko's #5). Bailey, however,
would later ask Ron Ellis to wear the number. Over his career, Bailey totaled 111 goals and 82
 assists in 313 games.

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