12.12.12 Holiday Catalog #36 (Ends Dec. 12th)
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On October 8, 1956, NY Yankees hurler Don Larsen pitched the only perfect game in World Series history against the Brooklyn Dodgers; it is one of only 23 perfect games in MLB history. It was in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series. Larsen needed just 97 pitches to complete the game, and only one Dodger batter, (Pee Wee Reese in the first inning), was able to get a 3-ball count. Larsen recalled, "I had great control. I never had that kind of control in my life." Mickey Mantle's fourth-inning home run broke the scoreless tie. After Roy Campanella grounded out to Billy Martin for the second of the ninth inning, Larsen faced pinch hitter Dale Mitchell, a .311 career hitter. Throwing fastballs, Larsen got ahead in the count at 1–2. On his 97th pitch, a called strike, Larsen caught Mitchell looking for the 27th and last out. Larsen's unparalleled game earned him the World Series Most Valuable Player Award and Babe Ruth Award, leading the Yankees to another World Championship. Offered here is the actual rosin bag off the pitcher’s mound on that historical day. It comes to us from the 1956 NY Yankees ball boy who, right after the famous Yogi leaping on Larsen moment, ran on the field and retrieved this incredible memento and has kept it all these decades. For many years, it was on loan and display at the Cooperstown Baseball museum in New York. The rosin bag is accompanied by several letters from the aforementioned museum thanking our consignor for placing it on loan as well as Wells Fargo Certificate of Insurance from May, 2009 insuring it for $10,000. Further accompanied by a LOA from the 1956 NY Yankees ball boy. A true piece of baseball history.
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Minimum Bid: $1,000
Price Realized: $15,786
Number Bids: 25
Auction closed on Wednesday, December 12, 2012.
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