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Ex-TCU Football Player Bailey Dies

July 19, 2002

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AMARILLO, Texas (AP) _ Morris E. ``Snake″ Bailey, an All-Southwest Conference receiver at TCU who went on to play one season in the Canadian Football League, has died.

Bailey, an Amarillo businessman, died Wednesday at the age of 77.

Bailey was selected All-Southwest Conference as an end in 1948 and 1949. He set a then-school record for most receptions in one game with 12 against Oklahoma A&M in 1949. He ranked eighth in the nation in pass receiving that year.

Bailey, who played with Edmonton in the CFL, earned his nickname for his running and catching exploits while playing football and basketball at Vernon High School.

Bailey was the former president and chief executive officer of Plains Machinery Co., a Texas-based heavy equipment company founded in 1925 at Plainview and later headquartered in Amarillo.

He is survived by his wife, Martha; his daughters, Ann Marie Bailey of Amarillo and Karen Bailey Pettigrew of Austin; a son, Tull E. Bailey of Fort Worth; and four grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Amarillo.

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