Hundreds of sports fans flocked to Adelphi University last Saturday to meet their heroes at Steiner Sports’ all-day signing event fittingly titled “The Perfect Show”.
The show featured sports figures that have attained the seemingly unattainable: perfection.
Members of the 1972 undefeated Miami Dolphins; players from the 1988 undefeated Fighting Irish football team; Joe Montana and his perfect Super Bowl record; legendary coach Bobby Knight, who lead the Hoosiers to a perfect season in ’75-’76; basketball legend Bill Walton, who helped the UCLA Bruins go undefeated in ’72-’73; the perfect basketball player in Jerry West, who was immortalized forever as the NBA logo; perfect game pitchers Len Barker, Tom Browning, David Wells, David Cone and Don Larsen.
Lines stretched the length of the indoor track at Adelphi University as fans waited to get different items signed. Basketballs, footballs, baseballs, framed pictures, posters – you name it, it was probably signed.
We had the opportunity to go behind the scenes and hang out with the only three Yankees to ever throw perfect games. As we walked behind the signing area, there they were – three Yankees legends who are all tied at the hip for eternity. Brandon Steiner sat down with Cone, Wells and Larsen for a quick Q&A and a discussion on their common bond.
“Three lucky days in life that we all had, and it brought us all together,” Wells said. He also mentioned that he and Larsen have more in common than most people think. Ironically, the two went to the same high school – Point Loma High School in San Diego, Calif.
Larsen said he first paid attention to the fact that he had a perfecto going in the seventh inning. “Everyone avoided me. No one would sit by me – it was like a morgue!” he said.
Cone explained how the fans began to take over as his perfect game progressed. “By the seventh inning, every pitch, the fans start to react. Every strike, every out. New York fans let you know when there’s a big game going on, or when there’s something historical happening,” he said.