July 25, 1935|
Los Angeles, California
|Died: December 17, 2006
Mission Viejo, California
|Batted: Right||Threw: Right|
|April 17, 1958 for the Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Last MLB appearance|
|July 7, 1968 for the California Angels|
|Earned run average||3.67|
|Career highlights and awards|
Lawrence Sherry (July 25, 1935 – December 17, 2006) was an American right-handed relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who spent most of his career with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Detroit Tigers. He was named the Most Valuable Player of the 1959 World Series as the Dodgers won their first championship since relocating from Brooklyn just two years earlier.
From Los Angeles, California, Sherry made his debut with his hometown Dodgers on April 17, 1958 – just their third game after moving west. Adding to the pressure, the game was played on the road against their hated rivals, the San Francisco Giants, who had also relocated from New York City. Sherry had a brief outing, facing four batters without recording an out, and appeared in only four more games all year.
But he returned with a solid season in 1959, winning 7 games with only two losses, with an earned run average of 2.19. He was named MVP of the 1959 World Series, in which the Dodgers defeated the Chicago White Sox in 6 games, and also received the Babe Ruth Award. Sherry completed all four Dodger victories during the Series, winning two of them and saving the two others, and had a 0.71 ERA in 12 2⁄3 innings.
In 1960 he won a career-high 14 games, finished 38 games (4th in the league), pitched in 57 games (6th in the league), and even received support for MVP.
In 1961 he was 5th in the NL in saves (15) and games finished (34), and 9th in games pitched (53).
In 1962 he was 7th in saves (11) and games pitched (58).
Sherry retired with a record of 53–44, 606 strikeouts, 82 saves and a 3.67 ERA in 416 games and 799 1⁄3 innings.
Through 2010, he was 5th all-time in career games (directly behind Dave Roberts), 8th in strikeouts (directly behind Barney Pelty), and 9th in wins (directly behind Barry Latman) among Jewish major league baseball players.
He later coached in the Dodgers' minor league organization. Sherry was a Pittsburgh Pirates coach in 1977 and 1978, and a member of the California Angels coaching staff in 1979 and 1980.
In a 1976 Esquire magazine article, sportswriter Harry Stein published an "All Time All-Star Argument Starter," consisting of five ethnic baseball teams. Larry Sherry was the relief pitcher on Stein's Jewish team. [Esquire, Vol. 86 (July, 1976), 74-75, 115.]
- Goldstein, Richard (December 20, 2006). "Larry Sherry, 71, M.V.P. of 1959 World Series, Is Dead". The New York Times.
- Zimniuch, Fran (2010). Fireman: The Evolution of the Closer in Baseball. Chicago: Triumph Books. p. 177. ISBN 978-1-60078-312-8.
- "Career Pitching Leaders". Career Leaders. Jewish Major Leaguers. Retrieved February 10, 2011.
- "Larry Sherry – BR Bullpen". Baseball-reference.com. October 25, 2008. Retrieved January 23, 2011.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- SABR biography
- Baseball Library
- BR Bullpen profile
- MLB Obituary
- Obituary, 12/20/06, The New York Times
|Pittsburgh Pirates pitching coach
|California Angels pitching coach