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Greener Pastures: Right winger Ace Bailey died on a Tuesday of today’s date in 1992. He was 88. It was the fall of 1926 when he joined the NHL’s Toronto St. Patricks. As a 23-year-old that year, the former OHA Peterborough Senior ended up leading the team in scoring, amassing 15 goals and 28 points in 42 games, good enough for sixth place among league scorers that year, just back of the likes of Bill Cook of the New York Rangers, Chicago’s Dick Irvin,, and Montreal’s Howie Morenz, and  tied with Frank Boucher of the New York Rangers. That’s Bailey here on the far right, on the ice at the Mutual Street Arena in December of ’26 alongside teammates Hap Day, Al Pudas, and Bert Corbeau. The St. Patricks were sold that year and transformed, in the middle of their schedule, into Maple Leafs, so this was just two months before these players went from Irish greens and browns to Leaf blues and whites. (Image: City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1266, Item 9948)