Saturday, October 8, 2011

Anniversary of Larsen's perfect game

It was 55 years ago on this very day that Don Larsen pitched a perfect game for the New York Yankees against the Brooklyn Dodgers in the World Series and won 2-0 with the help of a Mickey Mantle hone run. I have a distinct memory of seeing the end of the game on our B & W Admiral TV, and the scene of #8 Yogi Berra jumping up into Larsen's arms.  My Diary entry for October 8, 1956 indicates that, Vince was at a meeting in Kearney, I worked in the office and Elaine worked in the County Agent's office all day. Verlon got to ride on a fire truck. "Don Larsen pitched a perfect game for the Yankees as they beat the Dodgers 2-0". We lived just a few blocks from where we worked and would have been home a few minutes after 5:00 pm, which helps substantiate my memory.
Larsen's perfect post-season game stood alone until Roy Halladay threw a no-hitter for the Phillies against the Reds on October 6, 2010 in the NLDS. Halladay wasn't as fortunate last night when he gave up a 1st inning triple to to Rafael Furcal who scored on Skip Schumaker's double. That was all the scoring as Chris Carpenter of the Cardinals pitched a brilliant 3-hitter and beat Halladay in a classic pitchers duel that ousted the Phillies from post-season play.

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