Ed Bailey’s heart sank when he saw the familiar figure waiting in line outside Crosley Field in Cincinnati.

It was Bill Tate, his barber from Jefferson City. Bailey, an All-Star catcher who grew up in Strawberry Plains, knew how much Tate loved baseball. It was pretty much all they talked about whenever Bailey went in for a trim at the little shop downtown, where a photo of the two friends was displayed among the rest of the sports memorabilia Tate collected.

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