Happy Anniversary: Don Larsen's perfect game
On this day 57 years ago, Don Larsen threw the only perfect game in postseason history, in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series.
Only once in postseason history has a pitcher thrown a perfect game. And it happened exactly 57 years ago Tuesday.
Here's a nice video tribute:
Don Larsen struck out seven while obviously facing only 27 batters. Here's the baseball-reference.com box score.
Larsen, 84, would end his career 81-91 with a 3.78 ERA (99 ERA+) and 1.40 WHIP in 1,548 innings. In the postseason, he was 4-2 with a 2.75 ERA and 1.19 WHIP in 36 innings.
For nine innings in Yankee Stadium 57 years ago, though, Larsen was perfect. In a World Series game. It had never before been done and to this day it still hasn't been done since. Thus, it's one of baseball's immortal moments.
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