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Photos: On this Day – October 8, 1956 – the only perfect game in a World Series

Posted Oct 08, 2012


On this Day, October 8, 1956, New York Yankees’s Don Larsen pitched the only perfect game in a World Series; one of only 23 perfect games in MLB history.

He was pitching for the New York Yankees in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers on October 8, 1956.Larsen started Game 5 for the Yankees. Larsen’s opponent in the game was Brooklyn’s Sal Maglie. Larsen needed just 97 pitches to complete the game, and only one Dodger batter, (Pee Wee Reese in the first inning), was able to get a 3-ball count. In 1998, Larsen recalled, “I had great control. I never had that kind of control in my life.”

It is the only perfect game in MLB postseason and World Series history and is one of only two no hitters in MLB postseason history. He won the World Series Most Valuable Player Award and Babe Ruth Award in recognition of his 1956 postseason.

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