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Yankee Reliever Marshall Bridges Shot in F. Lauderdale

Feb. 14, 1963 - The training camp of the world champion Yankees was jolted today following the shooting last night of Marshall Bridges (pictured), a New York relief pitcher. The 31-year-old left-hander was shot by Carrie Lee Raysor, 21, of Ft. Lauderdale. The shooting occurred shortly before 10 p.m. in the bar of the Negro Elks Club. This morning, Bridges was resting in Broward County Hospital. The bullet, fired from a .25-caliber automatic revolver, entered the left leg just below the knee and remained lodged in the calf. Manager Ralph Houk and Yankees general manager Roy Hamey rushed to the hospital as soon as they heard of the shooting. At the time, Bridges was sedated. “He was a bit vague as to what happened,” said Houk. “He told me he was sitting in the bar about 9:30, waiting for a friend. None of our players were with him. Then this woman came in, and after a few words, he said he hardly knew what happened. He heard the gun go off but scarcely felt the bullet.” Police arrested Miss Raysor today, who said she shot Bridges “when he tried to pick me up.” She said Bridges asked several times as she sat at the bar whether he could take her home. She said she told him no several times, and “when he kept bothering me, I took out my gun and shot him.” Bridges, who is married, has three children and a home in Jackson, Miss.


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