Don Larsens Perfect Game Radio Broadcast of Game 5 of 1956 World
Relive the memories of Don Larsens perfect game entire radio
broadcast of the 1956 World Series played on October 8th at Yankee
Stadium, the only perfect game pitched in World Series History. The
radio announcers for the game were Bob Neal and Bob Wolff, the TV
announcers for the game were Mel Allen and Vin Scully.
Larsen's opponent in the game was Brooklyn's Sal Maglie. The
Larsen start was a slight surprise considering his performance in
Game 2 of the Series. Despite being given a 6-0 lead by the Yankee
batters, Larsen had lasted less than two innings, allowing four runs
on four walks (and a crucial error by first-baseman Joe Collins).
Larsen maintains that he did not even know he was going to start the
fifth game of the World Series until he arrived in Yankee Stadium
that morning and discovered a baseball tucked inside his baseball
spikes, although newspapers across the country had him listed as the
starter that day. Fifty years later, teammate Moose Skowron
recalled, "I couldn't believe he was pitching that day. I still
can't believe the look he had on his face when he saw the ball...
shock or something." Backup catcher Charlie Silvera, who warmed up
Larsen in the bullpen "very casually," remembered, "It wasn't like I
went to anybody and said, 'He really has it, we're in'."
Unlike his previous start, Larsen's control did not desert him.
He needed just 97 pitches to complete the game, and only one Dodger
batter (Pee Wee Reese, in the first inning) was able to get a
three-ball count. In 1998, Larsen recalled, "I had great control. I
never had that kind of control in my life." Larsen's catcher Yogi
Berra said, "His stuff was good,good, good. Anything I put down, he
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