Yankees Pitching Legend Don Larsen Has Passed Away At Age 90
He is perhaps best known for being the only pitcher in Major League Baseball history to throw a no-hitter/perfect game in the World Series on October 8, 1956, but this New York Yankees great made such an impact on the game, and on Wednesday he stepped onto the mound in heaven.
Don Larsen had been in hospice care in Idaho where he passed away yesterday at the age of 90 from esophageal cancer, his agent Andrew Levy told the Associated Press that Larsen's son Scott passed along the news.
Larsen compiled an 81-91 career record with a 3.78 ERA in the Major Leagues, according to BaseballReference.com, and pitched for the Yankees from 1955 thru the 1959 season and helped the team capture two World Series titles in '56 (where he was named World Series MVP) and '58.
He retired from the game following the 1967 season with the Chicago Cubs.
Larsen attended Point Loma High School in San Diego, the same high school where David Wells later attended and both of whom are forever linked with throwing perfect games in Yankees pinstripes.
He also spent two years serving the United States in the Army.
The beloved former Yankee was a fixture each summer at Old Timers Day at Yankee Stadium.
After learning of his passing on Wednesday, Baseball and Yankees alumni and community sent their condolences to the Larsen family.