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1960 Topps #105 Larry Sherry

Lawrence Sherry

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Larry Sherry had an eleven-year major league career as a pitcher, going 53-44. He was a sensation in the 1959 World Series and was named its MVP. His brother Norm Sherry was a catcher with the Dodgers from 1959 to 1962, and the two were sometimes a battery for the team. Another brother, George Sherry, was a pitcher in the Pittsburgh Pirates chain in 1951.

Larry was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers three years after his brother Norm, but made it to the big leagues with the Dodgers one year earlier than Norm for a cup of coffee in 1958.

In 1957, he pitched for the minor league Los Angeles Angels, where Tommy Lasorda was a teammate.

In 1959, he was 7-2 with a 2.19 ERA on a team whose team ERA was 3.79. In the World Series, he appeared in four games, pitching 12 2/3 innings with a 0.71 ERA. He won two games, the fourth game and the sixth - which was the winning one for the Dodgers. Sherry also recorded saves in other two Dodger victories.

He was 14-10 in 1960, although he only started 3 of his 57 games. He had 7 saves. In 1961, he had 15 saves, good for fifth in the league, and in 1962 (when the Dodgers won 102 games), he had 11 saves. His brother Norm was sold by the Dodgers to the New York Mets after the 1962 season. In 1963, Larry had 3 saves in 36 appearances and did not appear in the 1963 World Series, which the Dodgers won.

He spent 1964 through part of 1967 with the Detroit Tigers. The Tigers were a good team whose won/loss record increased steadily during the time that Larry was there, but he was not to be part of their World Series team in 1968. In 1964, he saved 11 games and won 7, and in 1966, he saved 20 games and won 8. That year, he was third in the league in saves. He spent the second half of 1967 with Houston and then closed out his career with 3 games for the Angels in 1968.

As pitchers go, he wasn't a bad hitter. In 1965 he hit .300 and in 1966 he hit .400, each year getting one triple.

After his playing career ended, Larry Sherry was a Pittsburgh Pirates coach in 1977 and 1978 and a member of the California Angels coaching staff in 1979 and 1980.

A member of the Baseball List of Rhyming Names, along with such notables as Don Hahn, Paul Schaal, Lu Blue, Still Bill Hill, Mark Clark, and Greg Legg.

Sherry was a graduate of Fairfax High School in Los Angeles and with his outstanding performance in 1959 World Series, he was the Dodgers' first homegrown hero in LA. With his brother Norm Sherry, he was half of a brother battery, although Norm was never the Dodgers' primary catcher. Major League baseball has featured several fraternal pitcher-catcher tandems over the decades, the most famous of which are probably Wes Ferrell and Rick Ferrell and Mort Cooper and Walker Cooper.

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