Remembering Former Yankees Pitcher Don Larsen (1929-2020)

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Remembering Former Yankees Pitcher Don Larsen (1929-2020)

Postby FW57cLIPPER51 » Thu Jan 02, 2020 1:05 pm

January 1, 2020- Former Yankees Pitcher Don Larsen (1955-1959) passed away at the age of 90. (1929-2020)

Before the start of 1947 AL Season, Pitcher Don Larsen was signed by the St. Louis Browns as an MLB Amateur Free Agent. Don Larsen went 45-24 with a 3.50 ERA and 3 saves in 128 games with the 1955-1959 Yankees; after coming to the team in the big 17-Player trade with the Baltimore Orioles in the winter of 1954. With the 1954 Orioles, Don had posted a 3-21 record with a 4.37 ERA in 29 games. The Yankees had obtained Starters Don Larsen and Bob Turley from the Orioles to rebuild their aging Yankees starting rotation for the 1955 AL season. His greatest moment as a Yankees Pitcher was his Perfect Game against the Brooklyn Dodgers in Game #5 the 1956 World Series at Yankee Stadium. In 1956, Don won the Babe Ruth Award and the 1956 World Series MVP Award. In World Series play, Don went 3-1 in 7 games for the Yankees. After the 1959 AL season, Don was traded to the Kansas City A’s along with veteran OF Hank Bauer, Reserve 1B/OF Marv Throneberry and OF Norm Siebern for OF Roger Maris, INF Joe DeMasteri and 1B Kent Hadley. Don would appear in 1 more World Series in 1962, as a member of the San Francisco Giants, working out of their bullpen against his former Yankee teammates. He posted a 1-0 record with a 3.86 ERA in 3 games in relief with the Giants. His final World Series Pitching record was a 4-2 with a 2.75 ERA and 1 save in 10 World Series games. Don finished his MLB Pitching career with an 81-71 record with a 3.78 ERA in 412 games. He had started out with 1953 St. Louis Browns, 1954 Baltimore Orioles, then 1955-1959 New York Yankees, 1960-1961 Kansas City A’s, 1961 Chicago White Sox, 1962-1964 San Francisco Giants, 1964-1965 Houston Colt 45s./Astros, he returned to the 1965-1966 Baltimore Orioles, finishing his MLB Pitching career with the 1967 Chicago Cubs.
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