A 24-year-old rookie reliever called up by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the midst of the 1959 pennant race, Sherry went 7-2, won the first game of a best-of-three playoff with the Braves, and became the hero of the World Series. Relieving in all four Dodger victories, he recorded saves in Games Two and Three, and wins in Games Four and Six. In 12-2/3 innings of work, he allowed just one run and eight hits. For the first time in Series history, no member of either club’s staff pitched a complete game.
A power pitcher who threw a slider at several speeds, Sherry led the NL with 13 relief wins in 1960. He recorded 82 career saves, with a high of 20 for Detroit in 1966. He later returned to the Dodger organization as a minor league coach. Sherry was born with two club feet, but his problem was corrected by surgery when he was six. His brother, reserve catcher Norm Sherry, was a Dodger teammate from 1959 to 1962.