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Larry Sherry, the MVP of the 1959 World Series, died on Dec. 17, 2006 in Mission Viejo, Calif., following a long battle with cancer. He was 71.
Sherry pitched in 416 games in his 11-year Major League career. He finished with a 53-44 record with 82 saves and a 3.67 ERA in 799.1 innings pitched.
Sherry made his debut with the Dodgers in 1959. He was the winner of the first game of a three-game playoff with the Braves and, then, he was the relief pitcher in all of the Dodgers' World Series wins. He recorded two wins and two saves in 12.2 innings pitched. In all, he allowed just eight hits and one run.
He followed up with a 14-10 effort in 1960. He pitched 142.1 innings, recorded seven saves and complied a 3.79 ERA.
In April 1964, the Dodgers traded Sherry to the Tigers for Lou Johnson. He was traded by the Tigers in June 1967 to Houston for Jim Landis.
His brother, Norm Sherry, also played in the major leagues and the two brothers were teammates with the Dodgers. On May 7, 1960, Norm hit a home run to give his brother, Larry, a win over Philadelphia.
In September 1965, Sherry threw a brushback pitch against Cleveland's Pedro Gonzalez. Gonzalez took a swing at Sherry with his bat and was fined $500 by the American League.
Following his career as a pitcher, Sherry worked as a pitching coach for Pittsburgh and California and as a minor league pitching instructor in the Dodgers organization.