Wednesday, October 23, 2013

PURSUE THE PENNANTS: #389 DON LARSEN


THE MISSING LOGO IS A LONG STORY.




CARTOON SUBJECT IS NO SURPRISE.


WHO'S THE HERO?

  • If lucky, you'll have one moment when you thrust your arms into the air and revel in an accomplishment that earns widespread acclaim. Don Larsen had that moment on Oct. 8, 1956, with the Yankees when he pitched the only perfect game in World Series history. It came against the Dodgers in Game 5 and it's his signature achievement in an otherwise middling 14-year career in which he finished 10 games below .500 (81-91). 

WHY IT'S SLICK

  • So many points of interest: the buzzcut, crooked grin, ears, chins and the ratty collar. 

GROOVY BITS

  • Legend has it Larsen was either drunk, hung over or both when arriving for Game 5 only to be told he was starting. He did get a surprise start, but he wasn't "under the weather'' though was known to get to the bottom of the fifth as quickly as anybody.
  • He was 3-21 with a 4.37 ERA for the first-year Orioles in '54 before being traded in November to the Yankees, with whom he went 45-24 with a 3.50 ERA over five seasons.
  • Hit 14 homers in his career and was used as a pinch-hitter 66 times. 

BACK IN '65 ...

  • On April 9, the Harris County Domed Stadium, otherwise known as the Astrodome, opens for an exhibition between the Astros and Yankees. With a capacity crowd of 47,879 watching, the Astros win 2-1 and #350 Mickey Mantle has the first hit and home run.



1 comment:

  1. Don looks like a John K. Ren & Stimpy character.

    I never would have guessed that the Mick hit the first dinger at the Astrodome.

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