Thursday, October 8, 2009

A Postseason Gem

Fifty–three years ago today, Don Larsen of the New York Yankees pitched the only perfect game in World Series history — so far.

It came against the Brooklyn Dodgers in the fifth game.

The 1956 series itself went seven games so Larsen's perfect game did not clinch the title. And it was the last World Series in which the Dodgers represented Brooklyn. When they returned to the World Series in 1959, they had relocated to the West Coast.

But the dominant image from that postseason classic is of catcher Yogi Berra leaping into Larsen's arms.

Both men, now in their 80s, are still living, by the way. And Larsen, who had a dismal two–inning outing in the second game of the series, was named MVP in recognition of his perfect game.

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