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Friday, April 05, 2013

Lemke: Lee Grissom beat manslaughter charge

I never met Lee Grissom, but I did meet his brother Marv…and you did not want to mess around with that ol’ coot.

A 1950 bar fight led to the indictment of former major league pitcher Lee Grissom on charges of manslaughter.

On July 30 at a tavern called The Mint in Los Molinos in Tehama County, Calif., Grissom, who had pitched for the Reds (1934-39), Yankees (1940), Dodgers (1940-41) and Phillies (1941), was drinking with his brother Claude when 27-year-old local truck driver Warren Shermmer entered.

The bartender on duty refused to serve Schermmer because he appeared intoxicated. According to testimony at a prelimnary hearing, Schermmer then offered to buy a round of drinks for the half dozen other patrons. He greeted Grissom, “Hello, Lee, come on I will buy you a drink,” to which Grissom replied, “I know damn well and good you will; I will take it,” slapping the bar as he spoke. The bartender turned to get Grissom a drink and as he stood with his back to the two men he heard a sound which he described as that of a blow being struck, though he did not see the blow. He turned and observed that Shermmer was down on the floor on his back; Grissom was trying to get him up, saying “Get up, God damn you, and I will kick your ribs out.”

The bartender succeeded in getting Grissom down to the other end of the bar. Grissom then told the bartender to come outside “and he would give me [the bartender] some of it.”

According to the report by Sheriff James N. Froome, Shermmer was struck in the face, fell to the floor and died ten minutes later. The coroner’s autopsy revealed that the death was caused by a cerebral hemorrhage, caused by a blow.

 

 

Repoz Posted: April 05, 2013 at 08:30 AM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Bug Selig Posted: April 05, 2013 at 09:09 AM (#4405063)
He punched him in the face for buying him a drink?
   2. I Am Not a Number Posted: April 05, 2013 at 02:08 PM (#4405344)
The bartender on duty refused to serve Schermmer because he appeared intoxicated.

One of those laws that is so routinely ignored that it its existence typically comes as a surprise. Really, a drunk person in a bar? Can't have that.
   3. vortex of dissipation Posted: April 05, 2013 at 02:32 PM (#4405389)
Marv Grissom is a major character in Jim Brosnan's "The Long Season", in which Grissom is at the end of his career, trying to hang on for one last season.

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