He later worked as a liquor salesman and paper company executive. If his teammates weren’t talking to him, though, they were certainly helping him through some close calls. Larsen's agent, Andrew Levy, said the former pitcher died … Hodges’ drive would have been a home run in most other parks — one of them being Ebbets Field — but Mantle was fast, Yankee Stadium was spacious and Hodges was out when Mantle reached up and backhanded the ball on the dead run. He would win two World Series championships with the Yankees — by far his most successful stop in a 14-year career spanning seven teams.". If Billy Beane leaves the A’s, who becomes the face of the front office? After the 1959 season, he was traded to Kansas City in a deal that brought Roger Maris to New York. On October 8, 1956, he took the mound in game 5 of the World Series for the Yankees against the Brooklyn Dodgers. Sometimes I still wonder whether it really all happened.”. Steve Young has a theory, and it’s not about injuries, Joe Thornton’s San Jose Sharks timeline — the good, the bad and the unforgettable. Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw scratched from Game 2 start in NLCS. He signed with the St. Louis Browns after high school, moved on with them when they became the Baltimore Orioles, then went to the Yankees in an 18-player deal in 1955. He lived in San Martin for years after his retirement in 1967. He was 81-91 lifetime, never won more than 11 games in a season and finished an unsightly 3-21 with Baltimore in 1954, the year before he was dealt to the Yankees as part of an 18-player trade. In the 1956 World Series, the New York Yankees were playing the defending champion Brooklyn Dodgers — a rematch of the 1955 series. NEW YORK — Don Larsen, the journeyman pitcher who reached the heights of baseball glory when he threw a perfect game in 1956 with the New York Yankees for the only no-hitter in World Series history, died Wednesday night. He was 90. Joe Morgan, Oakland-raised Baseball Hall of Famer, dies at 77, Bob Melvin reflects on ALDS loss to Astros: ‘We ran into a buzzsaw’. In the 1956 World Series, won in seven games by the Yankees, he was knocked out in the second inning of Game 2 by the Brooklyn Dodgers and didn’t think he would have another opportunity to pitch. After two minor league seasons, Larsen hurt his arm and then spent two years in the Army. Larsen’s agent, Andrew Levy, said the former pitcher died of esophageal cancer in hospice care in Hayden, Idaho. Leave your condolences to the family on this memorial page or send flowers to show you care. Promoted to the Yankees midway through the season, he finished 9-2 for New York. Larsen retired in 1967 with an 81-91 record for 14 major league seasons. Larsen pitched in three other World Series. His perfect Game 5 of the 1956 World Series propelled the New York Yankees to a World Series title and Larsen was named the series' Most Valuable Player. New York Yankees right-hander Don Larsen delivers a pitch against the Brooklyn Dodgers during his perfect game in the World Series on Oct. 8, 1956. Don James Larsen (August 7, 1929 – January 1, 2020) was an American professional baseball pitcher. Don Larsen, who threw only perfect World Series…, Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window), Three dead in separate shooting, stabbing overnight in San Jose, Don Larsen, who threw only perfect World Series game, dies at 90. Larsen ran the count to 1-2, then threw a fastball, maybe a little high, maybe a little outside. So when his teammates stopped talking to him, Larsen realized what was happening. Larsen, in fact, had pitched nearly as often in relief, 18 times, as he had started, 20 times. Golden Age actress and singer Rhonda Fleming has died at 97. All Access Digital offer for just 99 cents! The Yankees released a statement following Larsen's death: "Don's perfect game is a defining moment for our franchise, encapsulating a storied era of Yankees success and ranking among the greatest single-game performances in Major League Baseball history. Don Larsen, who on a glorious fall afternoon in New York City in 1956 pitched the only perfect World Series game in baseball history, has died. Larsen was the unlikeliest of characters to attain what so many Hall of Famers couldn’t pull off in the Fall Classic. He died of esophageal cancer while in hospice in Hayden, Idaho, said Larsen's … In this photo from June 28, 2012, New York Yankees great Don Larsen reacts during a news conference announcing the auction of his 1956 perfect game uniform. The Oakland A’s have 10 free agents. When the Yankees’ David Cone pitched a perfect game during the 1999 season, Larsen was in attendance, having thrown out the first ball. Don Larsen, 90, has passed away from cancer of the esophagus. In winning 2-0, the Yankees themselves only managed five hits against the Dodgers’ Sal Maglie, but scored on Mickey Mantle’s home run and an RBI single by Hank Bauer. Muttering, Mantle spun on his heels and walked to the other end of the dugout. Sister Ardeth Platte, who was jailed for her protests against nuclear weapons and inspired a character on “Orange Is the New Black,” dies at 84. Spoiler alert: The Yankees went on to win, and they did it with the help of pitcher Don Larsen, the only player to have pitched a perfect game in the World Series.