During the Detroit Tigers pitcher’s years in Detroit, 1954 to 1964, Frank Lary sometimes sat in with country-western groups in nightclubs and showcases around town.
Frank Lary and the Swingsters
Today is opening day in Detroit, and the Detroit Tigers are playing the New York Yankees at Comerica Park. In honor of the excitement, we present a tribute to the ol’ “Yankee Killer” Frank Lary. During the pitcher’s years in Detroit, 1954 to 1964, Lary sometimes sat in with country-western groups in nightclubs and showcases around town.
Here’s a snapshot of Lary on stage with Swingsters bandleader Eddie Jackson (at left, singing his heart out), and guitarist Tracey White in back. Jackson remembered Lary by his nickname “Taters,” but announcer Ernie Harwell graciously helped us identify Lary by his regular handle. Probably from around 1960, this photo may have been shot at Caravan Gardens in Detroit. (Source: Keith Cady, courtesy Harvey White)
Casey Clark’s daughter Evelyn also stated that Lary sometimes performed a song or two with Clark’s Lazy Ranch Boys during weekend barn dances at the U.A.W. hall at 12101 Mack Avenue.
Tigers beat the Yankees 8 to 3!