The Perfect Game

Baseball playoffs have started and many of us are thinking about the World Series.

Earlier this year I ran across a great clipping in one of my Grandma’s scrapbooks and I have been waiting for the right time to use it.

Tonight the time has finally come.

Perfect Game? Fantastic! It Was! - Don Larsen - World Series Perfect Game - Baseball playoffs

Tuesday is the anniversary of The Perfect Game in the World Series.

You may be thinking that this is too early in the year for the World Series. Well, back in 1956 there were only 154 games in a season instead of the 162 games that we have now. The playoffs would have started earlier in the year.

Perfect Game? Fantastic! It Was! - Don Larsen - World Series Perfect Game - Baseball playoffs - New York Yankees

The pitcher who pitched the Perfect Game was Don Larsen.

The game was the fifth game of the 1956 World Series and Don Larsen was pitching for the New York Yankees against the Brooklyn Dodgers.

I really like the picture that was with the article as it shows Dodger owner Walter O’Malley getting an autograph from Larsen.

The game was a close one with the final score being 2-0. Mickey Mantle was also a star of this game as he made a spectacular running catch in the outfield and also hit a home run.

Perfect Game? Fantastic! It Was! - Don Larsen - World Series Perfect Game - Baseball playoffsWhen you think about who Larsen faced during this game, the feat becomes even more amazing.

The Brooklyn line-up included Roy Campanella, Pee Wee Reese, Jackie Robinson and Duke Snider who are all in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Of course, Larsen had Yogi Berra as a battery mate and the Yankee line-up had Mickey Mantle and Enos Slaughter in addition to Berra.

The Yankees went on to win the 1956 World Series and Don Larsen was named the World Series MVP.

Could you imagine being in the crowd that day?

The game was played long before I was born, but perhaps some of you in my parents’ generation may remember watching this game on NBC and listening to Vin Scully and Mell Allen announce the game. Or maybe you listened to Bob Wolff and Bob Neal on Mutual Radio.

I will end the post with Vin Scully’s commentary as Larsen’s final pitch was called.

Got him! The greatest game ever pitched in baseball history, by Don Larsen! A no hitter, a perfect game in a World Series … Never in the history of the game has it ever happened in a World Series … And so our hats off to Don Larsen—no runs, no hits, no errors, no walks, no baserunners. The final score: The Yankees, two runs, five hits and no errors. The Dodgers: No runs, no hits, no errors … in fact, nothing at all. This was a day to remember, this was a ballgame to remember and above all, the greatest day in the life of Don Larsen. And the most dramatic and well-pitched ballgame in the history of baseball. … Mel, you can put this in your ring and wear it a long time.


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6 Responses to The Perfect Game

  1. Wow! I loved reading this. I was three years old and I have no doubt in my mind that we listened on NBC. The names of those players are names I grew up with. But I can HEAR Vin Scully saying “No runs, no hits, no errors…” My only beef is that because of Cable One’s unfinished negotiation with Turner Broadcasting we are missing the playoff this year. Sure hope all is up and running by the Series!

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