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Thursday, May 23, 2013
TTM Success - Don Larsen
Larsen (b. 1929) played in the majors from 1953 to 1965 and 1967 for the Browns/Orioles, Yankees, A's (Kansas City), White Sox, Giants, Colt .45s, Astros and Cubs. He had a career record of 81-91, 849 strikeouts and a 3.78 ERA.
Larsen was traded by the Orioles to the Yankees along with Bob Turley, Billy Hunter, Mike Blyzka, Darrell Johnson, Jim Fridley and Dick Kryhoski for Harry Byrd, Willy Miranda, Jim McDonald, Hal Smith, Gus Triandos and Gene Woodling in 1954.
He had his crowning achievement as a Yankee in the 1956 World Series when he threw a perfect game against the Brooklyn Dodgers in Game 5. The Yankees would go on to win the Series 4 games to 3 and Larsen would win the World Series MVP award.
Larsen's contributions to Yankee history don't end there. A few years later, in 1959, Larsen would be traded with Norm Siebern, Hank Bauer and Marv Throneberry to the Kansas City A's for Joe DeMaestri, Kent Hadley and a young fellow by the name of Roger Maris.