Larry Sherry had a pretty good rookie year in 1959. He joined the club in July and had some marginal success as a staring pitcher; going 1-2 with a 3.62 ERA in five starts. It was as a reliever, though, where he really excelled on the mound. In 14 relief appearances that season, Sherry won five games and recorded a 0.74 ERA with three saves and 26 strike outs in 36.1 innings.
But that's not all. Larry Sherry had an even better postseason. Against the Chicago White Sox, Sherry finished all four Dodger victories. He recording two wins, two saves and a 0.71 ERA, and was awarded the World Series MVP by the press. Furthermore, he also won the October 1959 Hickok Championship Belt Buckle given to the best athlete in any sport for that month, and you can see photos of it in this post.
It is currently for sale at Huggins & Scott Auction. Check it out here.
BTW, this isn't the first time I've mentioned this award. Last year I shared a vintage press photo that I had added to my collection featuring Sandy Koufax winning a similar award. He had won the S. Rae Hickok Professional Athlete of the Year Award (Hickok Belt) in 1963. The Sherry award is only for his exploits during a single month in 1959. You can check out that old post here.
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