Sad news last night as baseball legend Don Larsen passed away at the age of 90. You cannot tell the story of the Yankees, or baseball for that matter, without Mr. Perfect, Don Larsen. To this day he's the only pitcher to ever throw a perfect game in the World Series, and is just one of two men to throw a no hitter in the postseason (Halladay). The funny thing is that Larsen didn't know if he was even going to pitch in that game.
Larsen's Game 2 performance saw him last just five outs before being pulled for control issues. He famously said after the game, “I don’t give a damn if I ever pitch another game for the Yankees or Stengel again! I go out there and break my neck? For what? He had no business taking me out of there! That’s the last time I’ll get to bed early. I’m gonna start enjoying life again.”
A few days later, Yogi Berra was jumping into his arms after Larsen did not allow a single base runner all game. He faced four future hall of famers in that Dodgers lineup, the most ever faced in a perfect game to this day. Two games later the Yankees won the World Series in 7 games and Larsen was named the MVP. Fucking baseball, man. Here's Mr. Perfect and Yogi reminiscing with Costas about that day.
Still one of the craziest things to ever happen in this universe was David Cone throwing his perfect game on Yogi Berra Day, the same day Larsen threw out the ceremonial first pitch to him. Also took Cone 88 pitches. Berra wore 8. Baseball is fucking crazy.
RIP Mr. Perfect