Friday, June 4, 2010

Counting Down a True Rarity: MLB's 20 Perfect Games

Part 7 of 21

6 Don Larsen, New York Yankees October 8, 1956

This is the most famous of the 20 games marked by pitching perfection as it occurred in the 1956 World Series. Don Larsen earned MVP honors for his pitching masterpiece as his New York Yankees went on to defeat the cross-town Brooklyn Dodgers 4-3 in the Fall Classic.

Learning just hours before the game that he would pitch, Larsen made a case against mental preparation by tossing the first perfect game in 34 years on the sport's biggest stage. Overall, he struck out seven hitters and only once did he go as deep as 3-balls in the count.

Like Richmond and Robertson before him, Larsen finished his playing days with a losing record at 81-91. Despite an otherwise largely undistinguished career, the tall righty etched his name in baseball's history books with a game for the ages.

No pitcher before or after has hurled a no-hitter in the postseason, let alone a perfect game.

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