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Michael AndersonForty years later, Don Larsen's achievement remains unequaled, unchallenged- in a word, perfect. The passage of time has only emphasized the magnitude of Mr. Larsen's feat: retiring 27 consecutive Brooklyn Dodgers in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series. In The Perfect Yankee, Mr. Larsen, with Mark Shaw, whose previous books include Down for the Count and Forever Flying, recounts his great game inning by inning, batter by batter. His asides on his fellow Yankees, the opposing Dodgers, even the umpires working the game are informative and entertaining. But the suspense builds with each description of the 97 pitches he threw that fateful day; and when the umpire Babe Pinelli calls strike three on the pinch-hitter Dale Mitchell, the reader can only endorse what the Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully said at the time: "It's the greatest game ever pitched in baseball history."
&#; The New York Times Book Review