DON LARSEN - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED BASEBALL CO-SIGNED BY: DAVID WELLS - HFSID 290600
Sale Price $337.50
DON LARSEN and DAVID WELLSBaseball signed in commemoration of their perfect games Annotated Baseball signed: "David Wells/PG 8/17/98", "Don Larsen/P.G. 10-8-56". Rawlings Official American League Baseball, Gene A. Budig, President. A solid but unspectacular starting pitcher, DON LARSEN (b. 1929) spent most of his Major League career (1953-1967) with bad 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 no-hitter, indeed 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. DAVID WELLS (b. 1963) will probably be best remembered for pitching a perfect game - no hits, walks or errors - with the New York Yankees against the Minnesota Twins on May 17, 1998. Wells claims that he pitched that day with a hangover! The feat made him one of only 18 pitchers in major league history and second of three Yankee pitchers to pitch a perfect game. His major league career stretched from 1987 to 2007 and was marked by three All-Star appearances (1995, 1998 and 2000), two championship teams (1992 Toronto Blue Jays and 1998 Yankees), nine seasons with 15 or more wins (1991, 1995, 1997-2000, 2002, 2003 and 2005) and one with 20 or more wins (2000). Wells also led the American League in win-loss percentage and shutouts in 1998, complete games and innings pitched in 1999 and wins and games started in 2000. In all, he had ERA of 4.13 with 239 wins, 157 losses, 12 shutouts and 2,201 Ks, (which, incidentally, makes him the 50th top strikeout pitcher of all time. Did Wells sign this baseball first? He was unquestionably a better pitcher than Larsen over the course of the two careers, but he might have yielded the sweet spot to Larsen, whose perfecto game in the World Series. David Cone pitched the third perfect game in Yankee history, one year after Wells. Lightly toned. Fine condition.
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