- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 204 lb.
- High School Fairfax High School (Los Angeles)
- Debut April 17, 1958
- Final Game July 7, 1968
- Born July 25, 1935 in Los Angeles, CA USA
- Died December 17, 2006 in Mission Viejo, CA USA
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.
In 1959, he was 7-2 with a 2.19 ERA on a team whose team ERA was 3.79. In the World Series, against the Chicago White Sox, 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 the 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 National 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 American League in saves. He spent the second half of 1967 with the Houston Astros and then closed out his career with 3 games for the California 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.
Sherry was a graduate of Fairfax High School in Los Angeles and with his outstanding performance in the 1959 World Series, he was the Dodgers' first homegrown hero in L.A. With his brother Norm, he formed 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.
- 1959 World Series MVP
- Won two World Series with the Los Angeles Dodgers (1959 and 1963; he did not play in the 1963 World Series)