The only man to ever pitch a perfect game in the World Series, Larsen spent 14 years in the big leagues, pitching for eight different teams. Larsen came up with the St. Louis Browns in 1953 and posted a 7-12 record for the last-place club. He led the league in losses the next year when he went 3-21 for the same team after it had relocated to Baltimore and become the Orioles. Larsen’s career caught a big break the next year as he was dealt to the Yankees, a place where he would cement his name in the annals of baseball history. His years with New York were his best. He won nine games in 1955 and had his best year in 1956, going 11-5 with a 3.26 ERA. That postseason, Larsen did the seemingly impossible, throwing a perfect game against the Brooklyn Dodgers in Game 5 of the World Series. He was named MVP of the series which the Yankees won in seven games. The series appearance was one of five for Larsen. He played in the Fall Classic in 1955, 1957 and 1958 for the Yankees and 1962 for the San Francisco Giants. In addition to 1956 the Yankees also won in 1958.
Larsen’s survey is short and to the point, but I imagine that’s how a guy who pitched a perfect game in the World Series would answer. He only needs the absolute minimum number of words to get the job done. It is also cool that Hank Bauer was his favorite teammate as he was my father’s favorite player.
Larsen left the Yankees in 1960 and kicked around both leagues for seven more seasons. He pitched for the Kansas City A’s, Chicago White Sox, Giants, Houston Colt .45’s/Astros, the Orioles one more time and the Chicago Cubs. He finished his career with an 81-91 record and a 3.78 ERA. Larsen is a member of the Breitbard Hall of Fame in the San Diego Hall of Champions.
Don Larsen – career stats