July 16, 1931 |
New York, New York
|April 12, 1959, for the Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 26, 1963, for the New York Mets|
His brothers, George and Larry Sherry, were pitchers in professional baseball, with Larry having a successful MLB career as a relief pitcher and was the Most Valuable Player of the 1959 World Series; he was Norm's teammate from 1959 through 1962, and in one game in particular became the first all-Jewish battery in Major League Baseball history.
A right-handed hitter, Norm Sherry spent seven years working his way up through the Dodger farm system, and another two in military service. By the time Norm reached the Dodgers, in 1959 for a two-game "cup of coffee," he was 28 years of age and the team was based in Los Angeles.
His average plummeted to .256 (1961), and then to .182 (1962).
The Dodgers sold his contract to the New York Mets on October 14, 1962. He batted only .136 in a career-high 63 games played (and 147 at-bats) in New York in 1963, and his major league playing career ended.
All told, in 194 games over all or part of 5 seasons, Sherry batted .215 with 18 home runs, and .288 with runners in scoring position.
Manager & coach
He coached for the Angels in 1970 and 1971, and returned to the minor leagues to manage their AA and AAA affiliates from 1972 through 1975 before rejoining the California coaching staff for 1976 under Dick Williams.
Williams had been extremely successful in his previous terms with the Boston Red Sox and Oakland Athletics, but his cold and hard-edged demeanor did not go over well with a losing Angels club. The Halos were 18 games under the .500 mark on July 23, 1976, and in the midst of a player revolt when Williams was given his walking papers.
Sherry, named his replacement, salvaged the season somewhat with a 37–29 record as skipper. That winter, the Angels signed high-profile free agents such as Bobby Grich and Joe Rudi and expected to contend in the American League West in 1977. But the team struggled and was only 39–42 and in 5th place on July 11 when Sherry was released in favor of his third-base coach, Dave Garcia. The firing marked the end of his major league managing career, with a career ledger of 76 wins and 71 defeats (.517).
However, Sherry returned to the coaching ranks, ultimately as an "official" pitching coach, working with Williams with the Montreal Expos and San Diego Padres, and with another ex-Dodger, Roger Craig, with the San Francisco Giants.