The Perfect Game
When the Yankees faced off against their cross-town rivals from Brooklyn in the 1956 World Series, it was a rematch from the previous season. As usual, both teams boasted some of the game’s biggest names. Mickey Mantle, Billy Martin, Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, Jackie Robinson and Duke Snider were among the future legends to take the field. But on October 8, it was the Yankees’ fifth starting pitcher Don Larsen who commanded the most respect. For nine innings, Larsen did the near impossible. He didn’t allow a base hit or give up a walk. His teammates were equally impressive and played an error-free game. In fact, Mantle helped preserve the perfect game when he chased down and snagged a tricky Gil Hodges line drive. Thanks to Larsen’s effort, New York took a 3-2 lead and eventually won the title in seven games. Larsen was named series MVP for his history-making performance.