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It was a feat that may never be duplicated. In 1956, Don Larsen pitched a perfect game in the World Series.

Larsen was not a spectacular pitcher. During the regular season in 1956, he had an 11-5 record. Two seasons earlier, he finished with 3 wins and 21 losses. Yes, twenty-one losses. Over his 14-year career, Larsen won 81 games and lost 91.

But in 1956, he pitched a perfect game in the World Series.

Larsen started his career with the St. Louis Browns. He also played for the Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees, Kansas City Athletics, Chicago White Sox, San Francisco Giants, Houston Colt .45s/Astros, the Orioles again, and the Chicago Cubs. That’s eight different teams over a 14-year career. Not generally seen as a good thing.

But in 1956, he pitched a perfect game in the World Series.

The pressure put upon a pitcher in normal situations is tremendous. That pressure is multiplied exponentially in a playoff game, especially a World Series game. Some players thrive under pressure. Others fold.

In 1956, Don Larsen pitched a perfect game in the World Series.

I sent Mr. Larsen the above cards last week. July 7, to be exact. On July 13, they were back in my mailbox, autographed. Pretty good turnaround for a guy who, in 1956, pitched a perfect game in the World Series.

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