Card: 1960 Topps #348
"Barry had Mickey Mantle speed," said veteran Orioles scout Walter Youse, who was then the Orioles' scout who signed Shetrone after coaching him.
"Everybody loved Barry, even the opposition.", friend Howie Becraft
Barry Stevan Shetrone (July 6, 1938 – July 18, 2001) was an American professional baseball player. An outfielder, he appeared in parts of five seasons (1959–1963) in Major League Baseball for the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Senators.
Born in Baltimore, he then signed with his hometown Orioles as an amateur free agent prior to the 1956 baseball season. He was the first Baltimore-born player for the team that became the Baltimore Orioles after it moved from St. Louis.
He spent 31⁄2 years in the Baltimore farm system; in 1957 he led the Class C Arizona–Mexico League in hits and runs scored, batting .371. Recalled by the Orioles in midyear of 1959, he collected his first Major League hit, a single off Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning, in his first MLB game and second at bat on July 27.
He played 58 of his 60 MLB games as an Oriole during trials from 1959 through 1962, and all 23 of his big-league hits came in a Baltimore uniform. They included two doubles, one triple and one home run, a solo blast hit September 1, 1962, off Dave Tyriver of the Cleveland Indians.
Shetrone was traded to the Senators on December 5, 1962. He went hitless in two at bats for Washington in May and June of 1963, then returned to the minors for the rest of his pro career. He retired in 1967 after 12 pro seasons. He served as a scout for the Houston Astros until 1967.
He is a member of the Maryland Softball Hall of Fame and the Arundel County Hall of Fame. After his major league career, he played on championship softball teams and was an insurance agent.
Known for his abiding sense of humor, when his ALS was diagnosed he told friends, "I don't mind having Lou Gehrig's disease, but I sure wish I had his batting average." Barry died of Lou Gehrig's disease in Bowie, Maryland, at the age of 63.
This player is not associated with any Baseball Amore Tours.
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