Don James Larsen was an American professional baseball pitcher. During a 15-year Major League Baseball career, he pitched from 1953 to 1967 for seven different teams. Larsen pitched the sixth perfect game in MLB history, doing so in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series. He won the World Series Most Valuable Player Award and Babe Ruth Award.
About Don Larsen in brief
Don James Larsen was an American professional baseball pitcher. During a 15-year Major League Baseball career, he pitched from 1953 to 1967 for seven different teams. Larsen pitched the sixth perfect game in MLB history, doing so in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series. He won the World Series Most Valuable Player Award and Babe Ruth Award in recognition of his 1956 postseason. His last win was a 10-0 shutout shutout against the New York Yankees on July 30 of the 1954 season. He was a member of the basketball and baseball teams at Point Loma High School in San Diego, California. In baseball, Larsen’s ability for the local American Legion team caught the attention of St. Louis Browns scout Art Schwartz, who signed him to play for one of the Browns minor league teams in 1947. He later said that he signed with the Browns over attending college, because he was “never much with the studies” Larsen also played for the Aberdeen Pheasants of the Class-C Northern League in 1947 and the Wichita Falls Spudders in 1950. In 1951, he was drafted to the U.S. Army for the Korean War. He spent the next two years in the Army, working in a variety of non-combat jobs. In 1954, he went 3–21 with a 4. 37 earned run average and 80 strikeouts in 29 games. He also broke a major league record for pitchers by having seven consecutive hits at one point.
In the 1950s, Vic Raschi, Ed Lopat and Allie Reynolds, were in their late thirties, wearing backies, and retired to wear backies. Raschi was traded to the Cardinals prior to the 1954 American League season because of a back injury. The Yankees’ “Big Three” pitching staff of the late 1940s and early 1950s retired early due to a back ailment. The Cardinals traded Raschi to the Reds in the late 1950s because of the back injury and retired early. The Reds traded Reynolds to the Yankees in the mid-1960s because the Yankees were in the middle of a losing streak. The Cubs traded Reynolds in the early 1960s due to back injury, and the Cardinals traded him to the Red Sox in the later 1960s. He died in a car accident in 1968. He is survived by his wife and two children. He had a son, Don Larsen Jr., and a daughter, Lisa Larsen, with whom he had two sons, Don Jr. and Lisa Larson Jr., who also played in the Major Leagues in the 1970s and 1980s. The Larsen family moved to San Diego in 1944, where his mother became a housekeeper and his father worked as a department store salesman. In his rookie year, he had a 4–3 win-loss record and a 3. 42 earned runAverage in 34 games. The next season with Aberdeen, he won 17 games and had a3. 75 ERA in34 games.