1959 World Series MVP Larry Sherry dies

It isn't often -- if ever -- you can seriously say a single man won a World Series for a team. But if you did make that claim, you could find no better example than Larry Sherry who won a pair of games and saved the other two as Los Angeles won their first title four games to two over the Chicago White Sox. Sherry died December 17 after a long battle with cancer. He was 71.

Just a rookie, Sherry had an 0.71 ERA to lead the Dodgers past the Chicago White Sox and was the winning pitcher in the fourth and sixth games and won Series MVP honors.

"Larry Sherry was a local product who became a household name in Los Angeles with his World Series heroics in 1959," the Dodgers said in a statement. "He will always be associated with the Dodgers' first championship in Los Angeles, and our deepest sympathies go out to his brother, Norm, and the entire Sherry family."

Sherry had a 53-44 lifetime record with a 3.67 ERA in 400 relief appearances and 16 starts. He pitched for the Dodgers from 1958-63, recording a 34-25 record with 39 saves.

Sherry was traded by the Dodgers to the Tigers for Lou Johnson, who helped the Dodgers win the 1965 World Series.

He later played for the Detroit Tigers, Houston Astros and California Angels before retiring in 1968 after appearing in three games with the Angels.

In 1960, Sherry and his brother Norm became the first all-Jewish battery in Major League history. Norm, four years older than Larry, said his biggest thrill in baseball came when he hit his first major league home run -- a game-winner for the Dodgers against Philadelphia in the bottom of the 11th inning on May 7, 1960. The shot made Larry, who had come into the game in relief to start the eight inning, the winning pitcher.

Norm Sherry played five years in the majors, and later served as a coach and manager with the Angels and a coach with Montreal, San Diego and San Francisco.

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