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31 Facts About Sherm Lollar
Sherm Lollar was a coach in the major leagues and managed at the minor league level after his MLB playing career ended.
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Sherm Lollar was chosen for the Chicago White Sox All-Century Team on September 30,2000.
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Sherm Lollar was born in Durham, Arkansas in the rural Ozark mountains.
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Sherm Lollar was a batboy for the Fayetteville, Arkansas Class D minor league team in the Arkansas–Missouri League in the 1930s.
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In 1943 Sherm Lollar was signed as an 18-year-old by the Baltimore Orioles, which then was a minor league franchise in the International League.
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Sherm Lollar was a backup catcher for the Cleveland Indians behind catchers Frankie Hayes and then Jim Hegan.
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Sherm Lollar's playing time as a third string catcher was minimal so, he requested to be sent back to the minor leagues.
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Sherm Lollar was traded to the St Louis Browns and replaced Les Moss as their starting catcher for the 1949 season.
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In 1952, Sherm Lollar took over the season's regular catching job for the White Sox from catcher Phil Masi.
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Sherm Lollar, whom Richards called "a manager on the field", was a quiet workhorse who led by example and was an excellent handler of pitchers.
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Sherm Lollar tied a major League record on April 23,1955 when he got hits twice in two different innings of the same game.
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Sherm Lollar never struck out more than 50 times in a season and walked more than he struck out in each of the 15 seasons he played after becoming an every day player.
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Sherm Lollar won the first Gold Glove Award for catcher in 1957, which initially had one recipient per position for both leagues.
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Sherm Lollar led the team with 20 home runs and 84 runs batted in.
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Sherm Lollar helped guide the White Sox pitching staff to the lowest earned run average in the American League.
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Sherm Lollar led the team with a career-high 22 home runs and 84 runs batted in and winning his third consecutive Gold Glove Award.
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Sherm Lollar remained the White Sox starting catcher through the 1962 season.
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Sherm Lollar retired from playing at the end of the 1963 season at the age of 38.
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Ned Garver enjoyed working with Sherm Lollar, recalling that he would often pitch entire games throwing the first pitch Sherm Lollar flashed a sign for.
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Sherm Lollar is one of 36 catchers who are portrayed in Thomas Owens' Great Catchers.
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Sherm Lollar is currently eligible to be identified as a Golden Era ballot candidate in November 2017 by the Baseball Writers' Association of America's-appointed Historical Overview Committee.
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Sherm Lollar caught 110 shutouts during his career, ranking him 21st all-time among major league catchers.
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Sherm Lollar was hired as the bullpen coach for the Baltimore Orioles on November 27,1963.
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Sherm Lollar remained in that capacity through the 1966 World Series championship season until the announcement on September 28,1967, that he would not be retained for the 1968 season.
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Sherm Lollar eventually owned a bowling alley in Springfield, Missouri, where he died of cancer at age 53 on September 24,1977.
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