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The most famous perfect game
on August 15, 2012
The perfect Yankee.
Authors Don Larsen and Mark Shaw achieve two things with this book. First the reader gets an autobiography of Don Larsen and reader also gets a detailed break downs of every key situation in Larsen's life and his perfect game five in the 1956 World series game against the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Larsen had a long career but he was an average pitcher at best with the shining exception of one key game in 1956. Larsen and Shaw take the reader through Larsen's childhood ,his baseball career and to a certain extent his life after baseball.
Larsen got his start in professional baseball baseball playing for the St Louis browns and then the Baltimore Orioles (the Browns became the Orioles) and had a record of 10 wins and 33 loses before being traded to the Yankee's in 1955. he went on to play for many teams including the Kansas city A's, The Chicago White sox, the San Francisco Giants, the Houston Colt 45's and the Houston Astros (same team with a name change) and the Chicago Cubs.
Larsen and Shaw do a fantastic job of providing mini biography's on the players that Larsen and Shaw talk about in the book and really excels in Larsen's pitch by pitch, batter by batter, inning by inning description of his 1956 World Series perfect game.
Larsen and Shaw do a good job of building excitement through out the the description of the perfect game, building to the climax of the last out of the game (Dale Mitchell striking out) you almost feel like you are there with Larsen though out the game but especially with the last batter.
The writing style was crisp and kept me involved and interested in the book. Nice autobiography on Don Larsen and an outstanding recap of the game.