By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Hours after the sports world mourned the loss of former NBA Commissioner David Stern, the sports world is dealing with another death on the first day of the new year. Don Larsen, who has the only perfect game in World Series, passed away on Wednesday.
According to his agent, Andrew Levy, he died of esophageal cancer. Larsen passed away in Hayden, Idaho.
“The world is less ‘perfect’ today,” Levy said in a Twitter post announcing Larsen’s death. “Don Larsen, the only man to pitch a perfect game in World Series history, is gone. Goodbye, my friend. We will miss you!”
Larsen had the perfect game during the 1956 World Series. It happened on Oct. 8, 1956 in Game 5 when he pitched 97 times – and did not allow a walk or a hit – against the Brooklyn Dodgers (now the Los Angeles Dodgers) in a 2-0 win.
The Yankees went on to win the World Series in 1956. He was the World Series MVP during the 1956 World Series.
Two years later, he was part of the 1958 World Series team that also won with the Yankees.
In his career that ran for 14 seasons, Larsen began his career with the St. Louis Browns, who then became the Baltimore Orioles in 1954. He was a member of the Yankees from 1955 through 1958.
The Michigan City, Indiana native also played for the Kansas City Americans in 1960 and 1961. He also joined the Chicago White Sox during the 1961 season.
Larsen then played three seasons with the San Francisco Giants beginning in 1962 through 1964. He also played for the Houston Colt 45’s in 1964 and the Houston Astros in 1965.
He was also a member of the Orioles during the 1965 season and after missing the entire 1966 season, played for the Chicago Cubs in 1967.
In his career, he went 81-91 with a 3.78 ERA in 412 games, including 171 starts. He also had 132 games finished, 44 complete games, 11 shutouts, and 23 saves.
Larsen also allowed 728 runs (650 earned runs), including 130 home runs, on 1,442 hits in 1,548 innings. He struck out 849 batters and walked 725.