Monday, May 28, 2012

Don Larsen's perfect game uniform going up for auction

Former New York Yankees legend Don Larsen must have noticed how a jersey once worn by Babe Ruth  just sold for a record $4.4 million.  Now, the only pitcher ever to throw a perfect game during a MLB post-season game, wants to auction off the uniform he wore during that magical 1956 World Series game when he was perfect.

Larsen is not only auctioning off the shirt he wore in Game 2 of the 1956 World Series, he'll throw in his pants as well.

The 82-year old Larsen said he is hoping to raise money for his grand children's college education.  The grand kids can probably choose any school they want because the uniform that catcher Yogi Berra wore in the game sold for $565,000.

Larsen only wore the uniform twice— in Game 2 and Game 5 of the 1956 World Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers— but knows it  means a lot to baseball fans as well as to himself.

"I don't know what it is worth," he said.  "What I do know is that in terms of historic importance, my uniform is a part of one of the greatest moments in the history of sports.  I have thought about that perfect game, more than once a day, every day of my life since the day I threw it."


The auction starts on Oct. 8— the day he threw the perfect game— and ends Dec. 2.


  1. How could he have worn a home pinstripe uniform in game Brooklyn?

  2. I was 13, and my dad and I listened to that on the car radio. What a moment in time!

  3. Game 2 was played on the road and game 5 was played at home. Therefore, he could not have worn the same uniform for both games since one uniform would be the road and the other one would be the home.

    1. Irv Leidy - big yankees fanMay 29, 2012 at 9:47 AM

      Are you sure back then they even had two uniforms. Things weren't as they are now you know. Check it out on the internet see what you can find. You may be right I am not sure.

  4. Irv, you are wrong and you should have looked it up yourself instead of making accusations. It really is a special kind of know-it-allism to say "no you are wrong, go look it up." On top of that, you are not as much of a Yankee's fan as you thought, you should know the jersey history of a club if you are a "big" fan.

    That being said the article is worse:

    "Larsen is not only auctioning off the shirt he wore in Game 2 of the 1956 World Series, he'll throw in his pants as well."

    Game 2 was at Ebbets field and Larsen got touched for 4 runs in the second inning. He can keep that uniform.

    Game 5 was the perfect game. Even if they were the same uniform, which they aren't, it should be "the shirt he wore in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series."

    Good work you two Anonymous posters.