Norm Sherry

Catcher
TEAM: Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets
Born: July 16, 1931

With one suggestion, Norm Sherry changed the course of baseball history. The brother of Larry Sherry, Norm was a catcher who came up through the Dodgers farm system. He showed his baseball smarts early on. In 1959, when manager Pete Reiser experienced health issues, Norm took over as player-manager of his minor league team and led them to the pennant. He was brought up to the Dodgers the following year, hitting .283 in 47 games. During the following spring, he had his famous conversation with Sandy Koufax. Prior to a spring training game, he told Koufax, who had been struggling, to take something off his fastball to gain better control. You know the rest of the story. Even though Sherry played only five years in the big leagues, and had a short span as manager of the California Angels in 1976-77, Norm always will be remembered as the man who unleashed the potential of the greatest pitcher of all time.

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