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A setback for Larry Sherry

April 6, 2010 |  5:27 am


imageApril 6, 1960: The Cleveland Indians roughed up World Series hero Larry Sherry, who was hoping to use a spring training start to convince the Dodgers he should permanently escape the bullpen.

"Naturally I want to start and I think I could help the club if I did," he told The Times' Frank Finch a few days earlier. "But they are paying me good money and I'm willing to do what they ask. This sure beats playing for St. Paul any way you look at it."

Given those quotes, not sure this was as big a deal as The Times made it appear. Finch might have been looking for a good controversy late in spring training. Even worse, losing to the Indians allowed the paper to say "Sherry Shelled" in the headline and Finch to write that the Indians scalped Sherry. Hard to believe the paper was still writing such nonsense in 1960.

--Keith Thursby