As the beginning of a new decade was celebrated across the globe early this morning, the baseball world has fallen silent this night as they remember and mourn the loss of pitcher Don Larsen, who passed away earlier today at the age of 90.
Don Larsen, who pitched for fourteen years in Major League Baseball for seven different franchises, played with the New York Yankees for five years, from 1955 to 1959. It was during this time that he cemented his name and legacy across baseball history with his October 8th, 1956– Game 5 of the World Series- Perfect Game against the Brooklyn Dodgers. The Yankees would go on to win the series in seven games, naming Larsen the World Series MVP.
In his career, he wore many different numbers, but today we remember Number 18. We wish our condolences to his family, friends, and loved ones.
May God bless you Mr. Larsen, as you find eternal peace in heaven. And, may you now be able to hold battery-mate Yogi Berra once again.
Yankees Pitcher Don Larsen (right), hugs catcher Yogi Berra (#8) after Game 5 of the 1956 World Series at Yankee Stadium against the Brooklyn Dodgers, in which Larsen threw a perfect game.
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We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Don Larsen, who remained a welcome & familiar face at our annual Old-Timers’ Day celebrations. The Yankees organization extends its deepest condolences to Don’s family and friends during this difficult time. He will be missed. pic.twitter.com/OgOdofzSTS — New York Yankees (@Yankees) January 2, 2020