It was one perfect moment, one singular feat unparalleled in the half a century of baseball that followed. It was Game 5 of the 1956 World Series. In an age when nobody spat in anyones face, strikes were called only on the field, and New York was baseballs battlefield, Don Larsen pitched the only no-hitter ever recorded in the World Series.
Joe DiMaggio called it the best-pitched game he ever saw as a player or spectator. Yogi Berra said he felt like a kid on Christmas morning. And Mickey Mantle said, "For one day, Don Larsen was the greatest pitcher in baseball history."Now readers can relive that moment of greatness in The Perfect Yankee.
With a deft pen and an announcers enthusiasm, Larsen walks readers through each inning of that miraculous game. A must-read for any baseball fan. By all accounts, the perfect game pitched by New York Yankees right-hander Don Larsen in the 1956 World Series qualifies as true miracle.
No one knows why it happened, or why an unlikely baseball player such as Larsen was the one who tossed it. In The Perfect Yankee Larsen describes the facts surrounding one of the most famous games in baseball history and details the complete story behind the amazing Walter Mitty performance. A former Baltimore Orioles pitcher who lost 21 games in 1954, the free spirited Larsen reveals how comic book Ghoulies told him he should experiment with a no-windup pitching delivery just prior to the 56 World Series.
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