NEW YORK (AP) – Don Larsen, a serpentine player who played for several teams and achieved baseball glory in 1956 with the New York Yankees when he threw the only perfect game without a hit in the history of the World Series, passed away Wednesday. He was 90 years old.
Larsen's agent Andrew Levy said the expitcher died of esophageal cancer in Hayden, Idaho. Levy commented that Larsen's son, Scott, had confirmed the death.
Larsen was an unusual player who achieved what no player of the Hall of Fame achieved in the fall classic. He was 81-91 in his life, never won more than 11 games in a season and finished 3-21 with Baltimore in 1954, a year before he was sent to the Yankees as part of an operation that involved 18 playersRELATED
In the 1956 World Series, which the Yankees won in seven games, he left the mound in the second inning of the second game against the Brooklyn Dodgers and didn't think he would have another chance to pitch. But when he arrived at the Yankee stadium on the morning of October 8 he found a baseball bat in his shoe, the signal of the pilot Casey Stengel that he would be the starter of the fifth match.
"I have to admit I was shocked," Larsen wrote in his autobiography. “I knew I had to do better than last time, keep the game closed and somehow give my team a chance to win. Casey bet on me and I was determined not to disappoint him this time. ”
Born on August 7, 1929 in Michigan City, Indiana, Larsen moved with his family to San Diego and entered Point Luma High School, the same Yankee pitcher school that achieved another perfect game, David Wells. Larsen played basketball and baseball and was hired by the St. Louis Browns for a bonus of $ 500 and $ 150 per month.
After two years in the minor leagues, Larsen injured his shoulder and spent the next two years in the army. He was promoted to the Browns in 1953 and moved with the team to Baltimore the following year.
Larsen retired in 1967 with a 81-91 record in 14 seasons in the big leagues. Later I work as a liquor seller and executive of a paper company.