Norm Sherry, a former San Diego Padres coach who played for the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets, died Monday. He was 89.
MLB.com said his family confirmed his passing.
Sherry, a catcher in his playing days, coached the Padres pitching staff in the early ’80s, but left following the team’s World Series appearance in 1984.
In his lone managerial stint, Sherry spent parts of two seasons with the former California Angels, compiling a 76-71 record from 1976-77. He also coached for the San Francisco Giants and the former Montreal Expos.
According to MLB.com, Sherry returned to San Diego region once he retired and enjoyed watching Padres games. He attended a Petco Park ceremony to honor the 1984 team on its 30th anniversary.
Sherry had a .215 career batting average when he played from 1959-63. He was a part of the Dodgers’ first championship in Los Angeles. His brother, pitcher Larry Sherry, also played for that team, and won the Series MVP Award.
Though he didn’t have a Hall of Fame career, MLB.com noted his influence on one of the game’s most revered players –pitcher Sandy Koufax. Koufax struggled early on, and Sherry helped guide him.
“Working with young players and the impression he left on people was probably his biggest legacy, I think,” Norm’s son, Mike, told MLB.com. “Everybody liked him, and his working with Sandy Koufax was probably his shining moment.”