Don Larsen, who pitched the one excellent recreation in World Sequence historical past, died Wednesday on the age of 90, his consultant, Andrew Levy, tweeted Wednesday night time.
Levy mentioned the previous pitcher died of esophageal most cancers in Hayden, Idaho.
Larsen was a journeyman pitcher, taking part in for seven groups over a 14-year profession whereas posting a lifetime 81-91 report, however on Oct. Eight, 1956, whereas with the New York Yankees, he was nearly as good as any pitcher has ever been.
In Recreation 5 of the World Sequence, Larsen pitched to 27 Brooklyn Dodgers batters, retiring pinch hitter Dale Mitchell on a referred to as third strike after which bracing for catcher Yogi Berra’s leap into his arms. The Yankees went on to win that collection in seven video games.
Catcher Yogi Berra leaped into Don Larsen’s arms after the pitcher tossed an ideal recreation in Recreation 5 of the 1956 World Sequence. Diamond Photographs/Getty Photographs
Larsen was born on Aug. 7, 1929, and grew up in San Diego. He made his main league debut with the St. Louis Browns in 1953. He later joined the Yankees in 1955 as a part of a 17-player commerce.
Larsen had his greatest years with the Yankees, together with a career-best 11 victories in 1956. However nobody would have predicted his exceptional efficiency within the World Sequence that yr. He had misplaced Recreation 2 of that collection, lasting solely 1⅔ innings in a 13-Eight loss, however his unprecedented feat in Recreation 5 earned him the World Sequence MVP honor.
Larsen continued taking part in till 1967 however by no means once more had that sort of success.
Larsen was related to the 2 different excellent video games in Yankees historical past, although.
He and David Wells, who threw an ideal recreation at Yankee Stadium in 1998, each attended Level Loma Excessive College in San Diego.
And Larsen was in attendance when David Cone threw an ideal recreation towards the Montreal Expos in 1999. Larsen was there as a particular visitor on Yogi Berra Day, throwing a ceremonial pitch to his former catcher.
Data from The Related Press was used on this report.