Don Larsen’s perfect game
Don Larsen’s perfect game is the only one in the history of the World Series. Larsen needed just 97 pitches to complete the game, and only one Dodger batter was able to get a 3-ball count. The game was played at Yankee Stadium on October 8, 1956, and was won by the Yankees by a score of 6-2.
About Don Larsen’s perfect game in brief
Don Larsen’s perfect game is the only one in the history of the World Series. It was the first one thrown in 34 years and is one of only 23 perfect games in MLB history. Larsen needed just 97 pitches to complete the game, and only one Dodger batter was able to get a 3-ball count. The Yankees scored two runs off Sal Maglie, as Mickey Mantle hit a home run and Hank Bauer hit a single for a run batted in. After Roy Campanella grounded out to Billy Martin for the second out of the 9th inning, Larsen struck out pinch hitter Dale Mitchell for the 27th consecutive and final out. Mitchell tried to check his swing on that last pitch, but home plate umpire Babe Pinelli, who would retire at the end of this World Series, called the last pitch a strike. In one of the most iconic images in sports history, catcher Yogi Berra leaped into Larsen’s arms after the final pitch. In September 2015, it was announced that a nearly kinescope recording of the telecast had been discovered by a collector and had been preserved by NBC.
That recording has been preserved and will be aired on NBC at the age of 90 on January 1, 2020, at the death of Berra, who died on September 22, 2015, at age 90. The telecast will also be shown on PBS and PBS stations in the U.S. and in the United Kingdom, with the exception of the UK, which does not broadcast the game in the UK because it is not considered a major league game. The game was played at Yankee Stadium on October 8, 1956, and was won by the Yankees by a score of 6-2. The perfect game was the only postseason game in which any team faced only the minimum 27 batters until Kyle Hendricks and Aroldis Chapman of the Chicago Cubs combined to accomplish the feat in the decisive sixth game of the 2016 National League Championship Series.