1956, Game 5
In 100 years of World Series play, there has been only one day when a pitcher was perfect. And if they play the World Series for 100 more, Don Larsen may still be the only man to take on 27 batters from a league champion and send ’em all back to the bench. Larsen was a respectable 11-5 in the 1956 regular season, but no one could have predicted his Game 5 heroics. During the game, his Yankees teammates abided by the superstition that no one was to talk to the pitcher throwing a no-hitter, lest they would jinx the history unfolding before them. Larsen, who regarded such tradition as bunk, kept trying to strike up conversation and share his excitement. Alas, Larsen was the loneliest man in the stadium until the final out, when catcher Yogi Berra leaped into his arms in one of the most recognizable images in baseball history.
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