After joining the Yankees in a Nov. 1954 trade from the Baltimore Orioles, Larsen spun a perfect game against the Brooklyn Dodgers in a 2-0, Game 5 victory at Yankee Stadium. Larsen struck out seven, including Dale Mitchell looking for the final out, before Yogi Berra iconically jumped into the 6’4″ right-hander’s arms.
That effort earned Larsen the 1956 World Series MVP and helped the Yankees exact revenge on the Dodgers.
Pitching in pinstripes, Larsen totaled a .652 win percentage, 655.1 innings pitched, 128 games, 90 starts, a 3.50 ERA, seven shutouts, 23 complete games, and 356 strikeouts.
Larsen helped pitch the Yankees to four straight pennants from 1955-58 and in addition to his ’56 heroics, Larsen pitched to a 0.96 ERA against the Milwaukee Braves in a 1958 Fall Classic victory.
Although born in Michigan City, IN, Larsen pitched high school ball at Point Loma High School, in San Diego, Calif. That happened to be the same high school that would later be attended by Yankees southpaw David “Boomer” Wells, who would pitch the second perfect game in franchise history, against the Minnesota Twins in 1998.