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Don Larsen

Don Larsen
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Artist
Arthur B. Rickerby, 15 Mar 1921 - 2 Aug 1972
Sitter
Donald James Larsen, 07 Aug 1929 - 01 Jan 2020
Date
1956
Type
Photograph
Medium
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions
Image/Sheet: 25.9 x 35cm (10 3/16 x 13 3/4")
Mount: 50.7 x 40.5cm (19 15/16 x 15 15/16")
Mat: 40.6 x 55.9cm (16 x 22")
Topic
Costume\Headgear\Hat\Cap
Equipment\Sports Equipment\Baseball Equipment\Baseball
Exterior\Sports arena\Baseball stadium
Equipment\Sports Equipment\Baseball Equipment\Baseball glove
Donald James Larsen: Male
Donald James Larsen: Sports and Recreation\Athlete\Baseball\Pitcher
Donald James Larsen: Military\Army
Portrait
Place
United States\New York\Kings\New York\Bronx
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
Copyright
© Wanda Rickerby
Object number
NPG.95.385
Exhibition Label
Born Michigan City, Indiana
In the 1956 championship series pitting the New York Yankees against the Brooklyn Dodgers, Yankee hurler Don Larsen entered the record books by pitching the first and only perfect game in World Series history. With the series even at two wins apiece, Larsen took the mound for game five and, inning by inning, proceeded to retire each Dodger batter he faced. In the top of the ninth, with two outs and the count on pinch hitter Dale Mitchell standing at one ball and two strikes, Larsen unleashed a pitch that zoomed over the plate for a called third strike to end the game. By retiring twenty-seven consecutive batters without allowing a single hit or base on balls, Larsen had achieved pitching perfection.
In this dramatic image, press photographer Arthur Rickerby not only captured Larsen’s delivery of the game-winning pitch but preserved the perfect game tally on Yankee Stadium’s centerfield scoreboard.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery