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A Perfect Game

Don Larsen
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This column was written by CBS News Early Show co-anchor Harry Smith.
It was Oct. 8, 1956 — 50 years ago this Sunday — that something happened in baseball that had never happened before and hasn't happened since.

A no-hitter was thrown in the World Series. And not just a no-hitter, but a perfect game.

The pitcher was Don Larsen. The teams — the New York Yankees and the archrival Brooklyn Dodgers.

In just two hours and six minutes, Larsen and the Yankees got every Dodger out. No Dodger ever made it to first base.

I spoke with Don Larsen this week, and he told me he remembers the day like it was yesterday. He can still see himself on the mound — strong, tall, 27 years old.

Larsen was a pretty good pitcher, with a reputation for partying, but that day he was perfect. He told me he could put the ball wherever he wanted to. I asked Larsen if he was nervous in the ninth inning. He said his legs were shaking so much he was surprised he could stand up.

It's October, baseball fans — the best time of year. Anything can happen



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By Harry Smith