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Don Larsen

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Donald James Larsen, 1929.  New York Yankees pitcher.  Excellent condition 8" x 10" black-and-white photograph of Larsen throwing the final pitch of the only perfect game in World Series history, boldly signed, Don Larsen  / 10-8-56  / Yankee Stadium.

On October 8, 1956, the 27-year-old Larsen and needed just 97 pitches to defeat the Yankees' arch cross town rivals, the Brooklyn Dodgers, in Game 5 of the World Series.  Pitching before a crowd of 64,519, Larsen mowed down 27 Dodgers in a row—including future Hall of Famers Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese, Duke Snider, and Roy Campanella—to best the Dodgers 2-0.  He struck out seven in a game that took just 2 hours and 6 minutes.

This photograph shows Larsen throwing the last pitch.  Dodgers pinch hitter Dale Mitchell, who wore uniform # 8, took a called third strike on a 1-2 count to end the game.  The scoreboard in background of this photograph shows that the game is in the top of the ninth inning, that # 8 is at bat, and that the count is 1 ball, 2 strikes.

IThis photograph has a beautiful inscription and signature by Larsen in blue felt tip pen. 




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