Don Larsen, who recorded the highest performance on the world stage of all time, died at 90 in a battle with esophageal cancer.
Larsen threw a perfect game in the 1956 World Series – the only championship performance in baseball history. His effort gave the Yankees a 3-2 lead over the Dodgers and earned him MVP honors.
The right-hander won another title with New York two years later. He finished his career 4-2 with a 2.75 ERA in the World Series.
We’re devastated to hear about the loss of Don Larsen. Don was an incredible teammate, friend and man. In our eyes, it was perfect. pic.twitter.com/HDhFr08CsG
– Yogi Bera Museum (@Yogi_Museum) January 2, 2020
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The 1956 Yankees were packed with historical talent and while Larsen was regarded as a consistent pitcher throughout his career, it was a pleasant surprise to lead the World Series triumph in seven games. The New York team included Whitey Ford, Yogi Berra and Mickey Mantle. The Dodgers had Pee Wee Reese, Duke Snyder and Jackie Robinson in the middle of their series.
Larsen lived in Hayden, Idaho, at the time of his death.