Don Larsen, who authored the greatest World Series pitching performance of all-time, died at 90 on Wednesday amid a battle with esophageal cancer.
Larsen threw a perfect game in the 1956 World Series — the only flawless championship performance in baseball history. His effort gave the Yankees a 3-2 series lead over the Dodgers and earned him MVP honors.
The right-hander went on to win another title with New York two years later. He finished his career 4-2 with a 2.75 ERA in the World Series.
We are devastated to hear of the loss of Don Larsen. Don was an incredible teammate, friend, and man. In our eyes, he was perfect. pic.twitter.com/HDhFr08CsG
— Yogi Berra Museum (@Yogi_Museum) January 2, 2020
The 1956 Yankees were loaded with historic talent, and while Larsen was considered a solid pitcher throughout his career, it was a pleasant surprise that he headlined their seven-game World Series triumph. The New York squad included Whitey Ford, Yogi Berra and Mickey Mantle. The opposing Dodgers boasted Pee Wee Reese, Duke Snyder and Jackie Robinson in the middle of their lineup.
Larsen was living in Hayden, Idaho, at the time of his death.