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The Perfect Yankee: The Incredible Story of the Greatest Miracle in Baseball Historyby Don Larsen, Mark Shaw
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 anyone’s face, strikes were called only on the field, and New York was baseball’s battlefield, Don Larsen pitched the only no-hitter ever recorded in the World Series. Joe… See more details below
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 anyone’s face, strikes were called only on the field, and New York was baseball’s 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 announcer’s enthusiasm, Larsen walks readers through each inning of that miraculous game. A must-read for any baseball fan.
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But 40 years ago this fall, the New York Yankees pitcher visited a place that nobody, before or since, has ventured. He reached perfection on Oct. 8, 1956 in Game 5 of the World Series.
In no-hitting mighty Brooklyn and retiring 27 consecutive Dodgers on only 97 pitches, Larsen threw himself into immortality with arguably the greatest game ever pitched.
"Everybody is entitled to a few good days," said Larsen, speaking from his summer home in Idaho. "My memory is pretty well shot, but I do remember that was a pretty good day."
It was an achievement so miraculous and timeless it put Larsen forever in our consciousness. It also prompted Indiana author Mark Shaw to write a book celebrating the performance.
The Perfect Yankee is 242 pages of the characters, plays and dramas leading up to and documentingthat nine-inning masterpiece.
"It's pretty hard to write a book about one game, but I guess there are exceptions," said Larsen.
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Meet the Author
Don Larsen is an iconic figure from baseball’s golden age. He began his pro baseball career by pitching for the St. Louis Browns in
1953 before joining the Yankees in 1955. On October 8, 1956, he pitched baseball’s first postseason no-hitter during Game 5 of the
World Series. His skills earned him the 1956 World Series MVP
and Babe Ruth Award. He took home 2 more World Series rings in 1957 and 1958. Larsen retired from baseball in 1967. He lives in
Lake Hayden, Idaho.
Mark Shaw author of twenty-plus books, is a former criminal defense attorney who has served as a legal analyst for ABC, ESPN, and USA Today. He is a member of the Assassination Archives and Research Center in Washington, DC, and the Mary Ferrell Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering critical thinking on a range of historical topics, including the assassinations of the 1960s. He lives in Superior, Colorado.
Yogi Berra is one of the greatest and most enduring legends in American sports.
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