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Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Norm Sherry dies at age 89

Norm Sherry—the former Angels manager and longtime Major League coach who spent five seasons as a big league catcher and famously helped mold a young Sandy Koufax—died Monday, his family said. He was 89.

Sherry spent four seasons with the Dodgers from 1959-62 and one with the Mets in ‘63. He managed the Angels from 1976-77 and served as pitching coach on pennant-winning teams in San Diego in ‘84 and San Francisco in ‘89.

Sherry had a .215/.279/.346 slash line with 18 home runs across 194 big league games. He helped a young Koufax realize his potential on the mound. The two worked together often, and Sherry is credited with working Koufax through his early control problems.

Sherry was a member of the Dodgers team that won the 1959 World Series. He didn’t play in that series, but his brother, Larry, a right-handed pitcher, took home MVP honors for that Fall Classic.

After his final big league season in 1963, Sherry played another year in the Minors with the Mets before transitioning into a coaching role with the Dodgers. He later spent one season scouting for the Yankees, before joining the Angels’ staff in ’69.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 10, 2021 at 05:18 PM | 1 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. sanny manguillen Posted: March 10, 2021 at 07:43 PM (#6008164)
A wonderful baseball story, from Jane Leavey's Koufax biography:

"One night during spring training, Norm Sherry prevailed upon Koufax to join him at The Flame, a joint popular with stewardesses and ballplayers. Koufax wasn't a boozer - he generally preferred a good book, a good bottle of wine, and a smoke. 'There were three stewardesses sitting at a bar,' Sherry said. 'One of them grabs Sandy's arm and says, "You're coming with me." He said, "See ya, Norm."'"

Edit: RIP, Norm.

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