Yearbook, Oct. 8: Don Larsen's perfect game

October, 8, 2012
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Oct. 8, 1956: Zero. That's how many people have pitched perfect games in the Major League Baseball playoffs -- other than Don Larsen, a onetime New York Yankees hurler who did exactly that on this day 56 years ago.

Larsen, who never won more than 11 games and reached 200 innings just once, struck out seven batters in the Yankees' 2-0 win over the Brooklyn Dodgers in World Series Game 5 at Yankee Stadium, after which he leaped into catcher Yogi Berra's arms to make for an image that remains iconic to this day.

Don Larsen during his perfect game in the 1956 World SeriesAP Photo
Don Larsen and Yogi Berra after Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World SeriesAP Photo
Don Larsen and the Yankees after Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World SeriesAP Photo/John Lindsay
Scoreboard after Don Larsen's perfect gameAP Photo
Patrick Dorsey works for SportsNation. He has worked for the Web and newspapers, had a cup of craft service coffee in film school, and played in one Division III golf tournament (he shot 105).

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