Don Larsen, Former Yankees Pitcher Who Threw Only World Series Perfect Game, Dead at Age 90

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Larsen pitched for seven different teams during a 14-year career in the big leagues

(FOX NEWS) – Don Larsen, a journeyman pitcher best remembered for throwing the only perfect game in World Series history as a member of the New York Yankees, has died, a spokesman announced late Wednesday. He was 90 years old.

“The world is less ‘perfect’ today,” tweeted Larsen rep Andrew Levy.

“Don Larsen, the only man to pitch a perfect game in World Series history, is gone. Goodbye, my friend. We will miss you!” Levy told the Associated Press that Larsen had died of esophageal cancer in Hayden, Idaho.

Larsen pitched for seven different teams during a 14-year career in the big leagues, compiling a record of 81 wins and 91 losses. In 1954, he went 3-21 while making 28 starts for the Baltimore Orioles, who had just moved east from St. Louis and been rechristened from the Browns.

But on Oct. 8, 1956, Larsen ensured his place in baseball immortality.

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Larsen pitched for seven different teams during a 14-year career in the big leagues, compiling a record of 81 wins and 91 losses. In 1954, he went 3-21 while making 28 starts for the Baltimore Orioles, who had just moved east from St. Louis and been rechristened from the Browns. (New York Yankees image)

Taking the mound for the Yankees in crucial Game 5 of the World Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers, Larsen outdueled Brooklyn starter Sal Maglie by retiring all 27 batters he faced.

Larsen struck out seven Dodgers in the 2-0 Yankees win, throwing just 97 pitches and only going to three balls on a batter once.

The image of catcher Yogi Berra leaping into Larsen’s arms after the final out is one of the most iconic in the sport’s history.

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The image of catcher Yogi Berra leaping into Larsen’s arms after the final out is one of the most iconic in the sport’s history. (Getty Image)

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