A Few Notes on Don Larsen and the 1956 World Series

In the start before his perfect game, Don Larsen was knocked out by the Dodgers in the 2nd inning of game 2 at Ebbets Field. He allowed 4 runs in 1 2/3rd innings (none were earned); Don Newcombe also got knocked out of the game early, but the Dodgers won, 13-8. Don Bessent, who you probably don’t know of, threw 7 innings in relief for the win.

Larsen’s perfect game was in game 5; Johnny Kucks allowed 3 hits in a complete game shutout of the Dodgers to win game 7. In game 6, the Dodgers had 4 hits, for a total of 7 hits in their last three games of the Series, which is probably a record low for three straight games in the Series. But, their 4th hit in game 6 won the game. It was a single in the bottom of the 10th by Jackie Robinson. All told, Brooklyn hit .195 in the ’56 Series.

Also, Larsen had gone 3-21 for the Orioles in 1954, leading the AL in losses. He then went 1-10 for the A’s in 1960, but ended his career with an 81-91 record. That perfect game kept Larsen on the Hall of Fame ballot from 1974 through 1988: he peaked at 12.1% of the vote in 1976. Finally, it’s worth mentioning that Larsen went 144-596 as a batter in his MLB career, including two years of above .300 batting averages.

Published in: Uncategorized on October 4, 2016 at 10:16 am  Comments (1)  

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  1. Whose quote was it, “the imperfect man pitches the perfect game”?

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