Former Wichita Indians pitcher Don Larsen is 90 today

Ted "The Sports Head"
August 07, 2019 - 1:06 pm

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Former Major League Baseball pitcher Don Larsen celebrates his 90th birthday on Wednesday.

Larsen pitched for the Wichita Indians in 1950, going 6-4 with a 3.14 ERA; Wichita was a minor-leauge affiliate of the St. Louis Browns.

After serving two years in the Korean War, Larsen made it to the major leagues. His crowning moment came when he crafted the sixth perfect game in major league baseball history, a win by the New York Yankees over the Brooklyn Dodgers in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series at Yankee Stadium. That game lasted 2 hours, 6 minutes, and it gave the Yankees a 3-games-to-2 lead in the best-of-seven World Series. The Yankees would go on to win the Series in seven games, for their 17th championship.

After the 1959 season, Larsen was involved in a multi-player trade, as the Yankees shipped him to the Kansas City Athletics. One of the players the Yankees received in the trade was Roger Maris, who would go on to break Babe Ruth's single-season home run record in 1961.

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