Don Larsen's perfect game uniform from 1956 World Series sold for $756,000

A still image from the video of Don Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series CBS News/Rare Sports Films

NEW YORK The uniform Don Larsen was wearing when he pitched the only perfect game in World Series history has sold for $756,000.

The former New York Yankees' right-hander achieved perfection in Game 5 of the 1956 Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers.

The pinstriped uniform with No. 18 on the back received 22 bids in an online auction on Steinersports.com. The winning bidder was Pete Siegel, CEO of GottaHaveIt.com. His company has been building a collection of Yankees memorabilia that it plans to put on display.

Steiner Sports had predicted the uniform could sell for as much as $2 million.

Larsen said he was auctioning off the uniform to pay for his grandchildren's education.

Hall of Famer Bob Knight also put his championship basketball rings and Olympic gold medal on the auction block to help pay for the education of his grandchildren.

In July, Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Palmer put his three Cy Young awards and two Gold Gloves on the auction block for the same reason.

In 2006, Larsen reflected on the 50th anniversary of the historic perfect game in an interview with CBS.

"I can picture myself right here on the mound right now," Larsen said as he stood on the diamond at historic Yankee Stadium. "You know, it's a good feeling."

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