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    1956 Don Larsen and Walter O'Malley Original Photo, Taken Following Larsen's World Series Perfect Game.
    Twenty-seven up, twenty-seven down. And this was no push-over of an opposing batting line-up, but rather the perpetual National League Champs, packed to the brim with future Hall of Famers: Jackie Robinson, Duke Snider, Pee Wee Reese, Roy Campanella. With the Series tied at two games each, Larsen understood he was just about the last man the Bronx crowd wanted to see on the mound in that crucial fifth game, having surrendered a six-run lead in just 1.2 innings of Game Two action just three days earlier, walking four Dodgers during the brief but painful debacle. But "redemption" is far too weak a term for what the lanky right-hander earned for this return to the mound. The proper word is "immortality."

    It took only ninety-seven pitches to complete his three flawless passes through the Brooklyn line-up, and only the great Pee Wee Reese was able to work him to a three-ball count. A called third strike on dangerous pinch hitter Dale Mitchell to end the game sent the Yankee Stadium crowd into pandemonium, and the image of Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra leaping into Larsen's arms remains one of the most indelible images in baseball history. The jerseys worn by each half of that battery have recently sold at auction, jointly garnering more than $1.3 million.

    Offered here is a unique image from that peerless day in the Bronx, an original photo of Larsen putting his John Hancock on a baseball (that would certainly fetch a pretty penny today) for Dodger's President Walter O'Malley. The image measures roughly 6.5x8" and is crystal clear. The reverse features various Associated Press markings and a newspaper caption clipping of the image. A wonderful memento from one of the greatest pitched games in baseball history.


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    April, 2018
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