31 Facts About Sherm Lollar


Sherm Lollar played for 18 seasons as a catcher in Major League Baseball for the Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees, St Louis Browns, and Chicago White Sox.

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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 New York Yankees along with Ray Mack after the 1946 season, and competed with Yogi Berra in 1947 for the Yankee catching job.

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Sherm Lollar started two games in the 1947 World Series for the Yankees against the Brooklyn Dodgers and went 3 for 4 with two doubles.

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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 became a mainstay behind the plate for the Go-Go White Sox teams of the 1950s and early 1960s, which included future Hall of Fame members Luis Aparicio, Nellie Fox, George Kell, Hoyt Wilhelm, and Early Wynn.

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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 had 5 hits and 5 runs batted in, including a home run, in the 1959 World Series, as the White Sox were defeated by the Los Angeles Dodgers in a six-game series.

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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 subsequently was a coach for the Oakland Athletics in 1968, and managed the Athletics' minor league affiliates the Iowa Oaks and the Tucson Toros in the 1970s.

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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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