Charles (Chock) Bailey

Charles Chock Bailey was an outstanding halfback on three championship Garland High School football teams in the mid-1950's and won all-state and scholastic All-America recognition. He received an athletic scholarship to the University of Oklahoma, but an ankle injury during his freshman season, followed by surgery, ended his college football play. As a senior at Garland High School in 1957, Chock led the Owls to their fourth consecutive district championship, followed by a bi-district victory over Gainesville. During the season, he rushed for 16 touchdowns and gained 1,407 yards, an average of 7.52 yards per carry. Additionally, he caught 14 passes for 279 yards, returned seven kickoffs for 138 yards, and returned eight punts for 33 yards. Also an outstanding defensive player, he had six interceptions during this year. Chock was selected for the all-district first team and the first teams on two all-state selections. He also received recognition on the All-Southern selection and the All-America squad named by the Wigwam Wisemen of America. The 155-pound scatback began his career as an Owl player starting at a halfback position as a sophomore in 1955, when Garland advanced to the state Class !!! finals. The following season, Chock was a team leader as the Owls again won the district title, defeated three playoff opponents, and then won the state Class AAA championship at Nederland, 3 to 0. Chock also was an outstanding baseball player. He batted .324 as a sophomore, .327 as a junior, and .400 as a senior and was twice named all-district. Continuing his running throughout his adult life, the wiry Garland athlete has run 21 marathons, including four Boston Marathons, and countless other long distance races.