DON LARSEN - ANNOTATED BASEBALL SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: YOGI BERRA - HFSID 292359
The catcher and pitcher who completed a perfect game in the 1956 World Series sign a Rawlings Official Major League Baseball, sealed in PSA/DNA cube with authentication label and an overall grade of 9.5
Sale Price $960.00
YOGI BERRA and DON LARSEN The catcher and pitcher who completed a perfect game in the 1956 World Series sign a Rawlings Official Major League Baseball, sealed in PSA/DNA cube with authentication label and an overall grade of 9.5 Baseball signed: "Don Larsen/W S P G/10-8-56" and "Yogi Berra". Rawlings Official Major League baseball, Allan H. Selig, Commissioner, signed in blue ink on the sweet spot. With PSA/DNA sticker and Certificate of Authenticity (#004570). A solid but unspectacular starting pitcher, DON LARSEN (b.1929) spent most of his Major League career (1953-1967) with lackluster teams, resulting in records like his 3-21 for the 1954 Orioles and 1-10 for the 1960 A's. Traded to the Yankees before the 1956 season, Larsen showed he could do a bit better with a solid team behind him. He went 11-5 that year, and on October 8, 1956 he was perfect. Facing the Brooklyn Dodgers in Game 5 of the World Series, he pitched a perfect game. Not a single Dodger reached first base. The last active player who had been a member of the St. Louis Browns, Larsen was a good hitting pitcher, with 14 career home runs and 66 pinch hit appearances. Catching that perfect game was Yankee great YOGI BERRA (1925-2015). A fine defensive catcher and handler of pitchers, Berra was also a feared slugger and clutch hitter who led powerful Yankee teams in RBIs seven years in a row (1949-1955) and was named AL Most Valuable Player three times. Though famous for swinging at bad pitches, Yogi seldom struck out. He played in 14 World Series - on the winning team a record 10 times - and made every All-Star team from 1948 to 1962. As manager of the Yankees and later the Mets, Berra is one of only three Major League managers (along with Joe McCarthy and Sparky Anderson) to win World Championships in both leagues. He entered the Hall of Fame in 1972. Berra is also famous for enriching the language with puzzling expressions like "Ninety percent of this game is half mental" and "Nobody goes there anymore; it's too crowded". PSA/DNA Overall grade: 9.5. Autograph grade (Larsen): 10. Autograph Grade (Berra): 9. Baseball grade: 10. Fine condition.
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