“When it was over, I was so happy, I felt like crying. I wanted to win this one for Casey. After what I did in Brooklyn, he could have forgotten about me and who would blame him? But he gave me another chance and I’m grateful.” -Don Larsen Oct 8, 1956 On October 8, 1956 Don Larsen arrived at Yankee Stadium only to find a ball sitting in his shoe at his locker. It was Game number 5 of the 1956 World Series and the Yankees and Dodgers were all tied up at 2 games apiece. In those days a ball in your shoe meant that you were the starting pitcher for that game, which meant that Don Larsen was starting Game 5 of the 1956 World Series. With an unusual no-windup form of pitching, Don got 27 consecutive outs, pitching a Perfect Game. The only Dodger to even come close to getting a hit that day was Gil Hodges with a line drive in the 5th inning to left center field that Mickey Mantle caught with a spectacular running catch. It was the first time and till this day the only time a pitcher has pitched a Perfect Game in the World Series. This New York Yankees Home uniform was worn by Don Larsen on that very day. The flannel jersey is properly tagged a size 48 in the collar with the Spalding tag and Larsen 18 56 stitched in the lower right front tail of the jersey. The number 18 was his uniform number and the 56 signified the year of the jersey. The pants are properly tagged Spalding and stitched Larsen 56 38 in the inner waist area. The 56 signifies the year and the 38 the Pants size. The flannel uniform comes straight from Don Larsen himself as he held on to it since that Perfect day. Don did have the uniform on loan at the San Diego Hall of Champions until this past spring when he decided to sell the uniform to raise money for his grandchildren?s college tuition.
The uniform will come with a Letter of Authenticity from Don Larsen as well as the extensive photomatching image analysis performed by Michael Russek of Grey Flannel Auctions.