Don Larsen Stats

Don Larsen was born on Wednesday, August 7, 1929, in Michigan City, Indiana. Larsen was 23 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 18, 1953, with the St. Louis Browns. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Don Larsen baseball stats page.

"I didn't get nervous - my main object was to win the game. The thing I wanted to do was get out of the ninth inning. Once I mumbled a little prayer to myself. I said, 'Please help me get through this.' The only word said to me was by Yogi Berra . Yogi hit me in the seat of the pants and said, 'go out there and let's get the first batter.' I was pitching fast balls and sliders mostly. But mainly I had good control. I only shook off a couple of Yogi's signals, but he stuck with them, so I went ahead and pitched what he called. I'm glad of it." - Don Larsen in the Beckley Post-Herald (10/09/1956, 'Larsen in Daze Over Hurling Perfect Game', Page Ten) [ Don Larsen Quotes ]
Don Larsen

Don Larsen Autograph on a 1962 Topps Baseball Card (#33 | <a href='../baseball_cards/baseball_cards_oneset.php?s=1962top01' title='1962 Topps Baseball Card Checklist'>Checklist</a>)
Don Larsen Autograph on a 1962 Topps Baseball Card (#33 | Checklist )

Career
All-Star
Wild Card
Division
LCS
Birth Name:
Don James Larsen
Nickname:
Night Rider
Born On:
08-07-1929  (Leo)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Michigan City, Indiana
Year of Death Data Died On:
01-01-2020 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Hayden, Idaho
Cemetery:
Not Yet Determined
High School:
Point Loma High School (San Diego, CA)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-04
Player Weight Chart Weight:
227
First Game:
04-18-1953 (Age 23)
Last Game:
07-07-1967
Draft:
Not Applicable
Don Larsen

Don Larsen Pitching Stats

G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
1953 24 Browns 38 22 14 7 12 .368 4.16 7 2 2 192.2 828 201 89 99 11 64 - 96 3 4 0 -
1954 25 Orioles 29 28 1 3 21 .125 4.37 12 1 0 201.2 892 213 98 106 18 89 0 80 2 1 0 -
1955 26 Yankees 19 13 5 9 2 .818 3.06 5 1 2 97.0 412 81 33 38 8 51 3 44 1 2 0 -
1956 27 Yankees 38 20 9 11 5 .688 3.26 6 1 1 179.2 759 133 65 72 19 96 0 107 3 7 0 -
1957 28 Yankees 27 20 5 10 4 .714 3.74 4 1 0 139.2 605 113 58 68 12 87 0 81 6 0 0 -
1958 29 Yankees 19 19 0 9 6 .600 3.07 5 3 0 114.1 491 100 39 43 4 52 3 55 0 4 0 -
1959 30 Yankees 25 18 3 6 7 .462 4.33 3 1 3 124.2 560 122 60 65 14 76 2 69 7 2 0 -
1960 31 Athletics 22 15 3 1 10 .091 5.38 0 0 0 83.2 381 97 50 55 11 42 1 43 2 0 0 -
1961 32 Athletics 8 1 5 1 0 1.000 4.20 0 0 0 15.0 75 21 7 9 2 11 0 13 2 1 0 -
1961 32 White Sox 25 3 13 7 2 .778 4.12 0 0 2 74.1 315 64 34 36 5 29 2 53 2 1 0 -
1962 33 Giants 49 0 25 5 4 .556 4.38 0 0 11 86.1 380 83 42 44 9 47 7 58 6 2 0 -
1963 34 Giants 46 0 26 7 7 .500 3.05 0 0 3 62.0 261 46 21 23 8 30 9 44 4 0 0 -
1964 35 Giants 6 0 3 0 1 .000 4.35 0 0 0 10.1 46 10 5 5 0 6 1 6 0 0 0 -
1964 35 Colt .45s 30 10 11 4 8 .333 2.26 2 1 1 103.1 424 92 26 36 4 20 4 58 1 1 0 -
1965 36 Astros 1 1 0 0 0 .000 5.06 0 0 0 5.1 27 8 3 3 0 3 1 1 0 0 0 -
1965 36 Orioles 27 1 8 1 2 .333 2.67 0 0 1 54.0 234 53 16 22 4 20 2 40 0 1 0 -
1967 38 Cubs 3 0 1 0 0 .000 9.00 0 0 0 4.0 18 5 4 4 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 -
G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
14 Years 412 171 132 81 91 .471 3.78 44 11 26 1,548.0 6,708 1,442 650 728 130 725 35 849 39 26 0 -
Don Larsen

Don Larsen Hitting Stats

G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
1953 24 Browns 50 81 11 23 3 1 3 0 10 4 - 14 0 - 0 1 .284 .318 .457
1954 25 Orioles 44 88 6 22 5 3 1 0 4 5 - 15 2 0 0 2 .250 .290 .409
1955 26 Yankees 21 41 4 6 1 0 2 0 7 4 0 13 0 0 0 1 .146 .222 .317
1956 27 Yankees 45 79 10 19 5 0 2 1 12 6 0 17 1 0 0 2 .241 .294 .380
1957 28 Yankees 31 56 6 14 5 0 0 0 5 6 0 11 0 1 0 3 .250 .317 .339
1958 29 Yankees 28 49 9 15 1 0 4 0 13 5 0 9 2 1 0 2 .306 .364 .571
1959 30 Yankees 29 47 8 12 2 0 0 0 8 7 0 15 1 1 0 2 .255 .345 .298
1960 31 Athletics 23 29 3 6 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 11 0 0 0 2 .207 .207 .241
1961 32 Athletics 18 20 2 6 0 0 1 0 4 1 0 5 1 0 0 0 .300 .333 .450
1961 32 White Sox 25 25 2 8 0 0 1 0 4 0 0 5 1 0 0 0 .320 .320 .440
1962 33 Giants 52 25 3 5 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 7 1 0 0 0 .200 .200 .280
1963 34 Giants 46 11 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 .182 .250 .182
1964 35 Giants 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1964 35 Colt .45s 31 31 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 4 0 10 1 0 0 0 .097 .200 .129
1965 36 Astros 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1965 36 Orioles 27 11 0 3 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 .273 .273 .364
1967 38 Cubs 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
14 Years 480 596 65 144 25 5 14 1 72 43 0 138 11 3 0 15 .242 .291 .371
Don Larsen

Don Larsen Fielding Stats

POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
1953 Browns LF 1 0 9 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1953 Browns P 38 22 578 39 1.0 37 8 29 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .949 1.73
1954 Orioles P 29 28 605 49 1.7 48 14 34 1 3 n/a n/a n/a .980 2.14
1955 Yankees P 19 13 291 19 1.0 18 5 13 1 3 n/a n/a n/a .947 1.67
1956 Yankees P 38 20 539 39 1.0 36 13 23 3 3 n/a n/a n/a .923 1.80
1957 Yankees P 27 20 419 32 1.2 30 10 20 2 2 n/a n/a n/a .938 1.93
1958 Yankees P 19 19 343 21 1.1 19 5 14 2 2 n/a n/a n/a .905 1.50
1959 Yankees P 25 18 374 29 1.2 27 5 22 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .931 1.95
1960 Athletics P 22 15 251 13 0.6 12 4 8 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .923 1.29
1961 Athletics LF 1 1 27 3 3.0 3 3 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.00
1961 Athletics P 8 1 45 5 0.6 5 1 4 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.00
1961 White Sox P 25 3 223 17 0.7 17 4 13 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.06
1962 Giants P 49 0 259 19 0.4 19 4 15 0 3 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.98
1963 Giants P 46 0 186 17 0.4 16 4 12 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .941 2.32
1964 Giants P 6 0 31 2 0.3 2 2 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.74
1964 Colt .45s P 30 10 310 27 0.9 26 7 19 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .963 2.26
1965 Astros P 1 1 16 4 4.0 4 1 3 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 6.75
1965 Orioles P 27 1 162 19 0.7 18 5 13 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .947 3.00
1967 Cubs P 3 0 12 2 0.7 2 0 2 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 4.50
POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
P Totals 412 171 4,644 353 0.9 336 92 244 17 22 n/a n/a n/a .952 1.95
LF Totals 2 1 36 3 1.5 3 3 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.25
14 Years 414 172 4,680 356 0.9 339 95 244 17 22 n/a n/a n/a .952 1.96
Don Larsen

Don Larsen Miscellaneous Stats

SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
1953 Browns 0 0 .000 10 4 n/a 27.0 5.8 8.1 1.50 4.48 2.99
1954 Orioles 0 0 .000 15 0 n/a 88.0 5.9 22.0 0.90 3.57 3.97
1955 Yankees 0 0 .000 3 0 n/a 20.5 3.2 5.9 0.86 4.08 4.73
1956 Yankees 0 0 .000 9 0 n/a 39.5 4.6 6.6 1.11 5.36 4.81
1957 Yankees 0 1 .000 4 1 n/a 0.0 5.1 11.2 0.93 5.22 5.61
1958 Yankees 0 2 .000 9 0 n/a 12.3 5.4 3.8 1.06 4.33 4.09
1959 Yankees 0 0 .000 4 0 n/a 0.0 3.1 5.9 0.91 4.98 5.49
1960 Athletics 0 0 .000 1 0 n/a 0.0 2.6 9.7 1.02 4.63 4.52
1961 Athletics 0 0 .000 12 0 n/a 20.0 4.0 5.0 1.18 7.80 6.60
1961 White Sox 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 25.0 5.0 6.3 1.83 6.42 3.51
1962 Giants 0 0 .000 5 0 n/a 0.0 3.6 25.0 1.23 6.05 4.90
1963 Giants 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 11.0 0.0 1.47 6.39 4.35
1964 Giants 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.00 5.23 5.23
1964 Colt .45s 0 0 .000 4 0 n/a 0.0 3.1 0.0 2.90 5.05 1.74
1965 Astros 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.0 0.0 0.33 1.69 5.06
1965 Orioles 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.8 11.0 2.00 6.67 3.33
1967 Cubs 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.50 2.25 4.50
SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
14 Years 0 3 .000 76 5 n/a 42.6 4.3 8.3 1.17 4.94 4.22
Don Larsen

Don Larsen Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1953 St. Louis Browns 27 Undetermined - -
1954 Baltimore Orioles 27 Undetermined - -
1955 New York Yankees 18 Undetermined - Stats
1956 New York Yankees 18 $13,000.00 - Stats
1957 New York Yankees 18 $18,000.00 - Stats
1958 New York Yankees 18 Undetermined - Stats
1959 New York Yankees 18 $16,500.00 - -
1960 Kansas City Athletics 18 Undetermined - -
1961 Kansas City Athletics 18 Undetermined - -
1961 Chicago White Sox 26 Undetermined - -
1962 San Francisco Giants 18 Undetermined - Stats
1963 San Francisco Giants 18 Undetermined - -
1964 San Francisco Giants 18 Undetermined - -
1964 Houston Colt .45s 31 Undetermined - -
1965 Houston Astros 31 Undetermined - -
1965 Baltimore Orioles 18 $20,000.00 - -
1967 Chicago Cubs 33 Undetermined - -


Did you know that the first New York Yankee to ever win a World Series Most Valuable Player Award was Don Larsen ( 1956 World Series )? Did you know that the day after Larsen threw the first perfect game in World Series history (and the first perfect game for the Bronx Bombers ), Joe DiMaggio penned the following news article for the International News Service wire:

What can an "expert" say about a perfectly pitched baseball game?

Not an awful lot, particularly when he knows that every sports reported and columnist in the country is commenting today on the beautiful job that Don Larsen turned in at the Stadium in the fifth World Series game .

So I'll merely content myself with saying that this was absolutely the best pitched game I've ever seen as player or spectator and that takes in some great pitchers and some wonderful pitching performances.

Two Other No-Hitters

I was in center-field when Monte Pearson threw his no-hitter against Detroit (it was against Cleveland) box ) and on the other side of the score when Bob Feller pitched that no-hitter for Cleveland against the Yankees right after the war.

Both were terrific pieces of work and I don't think a great pitcher like Feller hurled many better than this one in May, 1946 ( box ). Great as they were, however, they were eclipsed by the game Don Larsen put together at the Stadium Monday.

Don's was so fine, incidentally, right on top of route-going efforts by Whitey Ford and Tom Sturdivant , that it set the stage for the kind of "sudden death" battling we'll see in Ebbets Fields today - and Wednesday if a seventh game is necessary.

Nothing Held Back

I mean, both pitching staffs are rested and neither Casey Stengel nor Walt Alston will hold anything back from here on out. Just watch how they call on their very best to master the tough situations in the concluding game or games.

Everybody but Larsen and Maglie is on tap for the sixth game - and both will be in the bullpen Wednesday in case they can contribute anything to a showdown game.

You're liable to see starting pitchers in relief at any given moment if the situation so demands. I would be surprised if Casey even declined to hold Whitey Ford back for the seventh game if he thinks he sees a chance to wrap the whole thing up today.

Getting back to Larsen's perfect game, the unfortunate victim of his wizardry was a fellow who pitched a pretty good game himself. Sal Maglie gave another demonstration of the skill which causes him to be labeled the real "pro" of present-day pitchers.

Once again Brooklyn's inability to win games in the Yankee Stadium has hurt its chance of capturing a World Series from the Yankees. In six World Series since 1947, the Dodgers have won only six out of 19 games played and that goes a long way to explain why they've won only one World Series.

Backs to the Wall

Now they've got their backs against the Ebbets Field wall, where they have handled the Yankees without too much trouble during the last two years. I'm still sticking to my prediction that it will be the Yankees in six games.

On July 18, 1999 , David Cone threw a perfect game on Yogi Berra day in Yankee Stadium. The ceremonial first pitch was, coincidently, thrown out by no other than Don Larsen! Let's take a look, not at Cone's gem, but the one many fans consider the greatest single game in baseball history researched and written by author Rich Westcott ( RichWestcott.com / Rich Westcott Books ), original text from No-Hitters (McFarland, 02/15/2000, 'Don Larsen', Page 188):

Don Larsen Perfect Game (Box Score: October 8, 1956 / Play by Play )

After having been knocked out after one and two-thirds innings of the second game of the 1956 World Series , Don Larsen was something of a surprise started in Game Five on Monday October 8 at Yankee Stadium. With the Series tied at two games apiece, a packed house of 64,519 was on hand to watch Larsen face the defending world champion Dodgers and crafty hurler Sal Maglie , who had pitched a no-hitter just two weeks earlier against the Philadelphia Phillies.

What followed was not only a magnificent pitching duel, but the only perfect game ever pitched in the World Series and major league baseball's first perfect game in 34 years.

The fun-loving, 27-year-old Larsen, who in 1956 had his best regular season with an 11-5 record after recovering from a 4 a.m. spring training auto accident, used just 97 pitches to retire all 27 Dodgers, including seven on strikes. Meanwhile, Maglie gave up just give hits.

Employing a no-windup delivery and throwing mostly fastballs and hard sliders throughout, Larsen opened by striking out Jim Gilliam and Pee Wee Reese and getting Duke Snider on a liner to right. Jackie Robinson gave Larsen a scare leading off the second with a smash that ricocheted off the glove of third baseman Andy Carey . The ball bounced to shortstop Gil McDougald , whose throw to first beat the fleet Robinson by one step.

Eight Dodgers were retired on balls hit to the outfield. The biggest catch came in the fifth when Mickey Mantle raced far into left-center to make a backhanded catch of Gil Hodges ' hard drive to the alley. Sandy Amoros followed with a wicked shot to the right field stands that was foul by just one foot before grounding out to second to end the inning.

Mantle , who had given Larsen a 1-0 lead in the fourth and broken up Maglie's no-hitter with a clout to the right field stands, made another sparkling catch in the seventh on a one-out smash to deep center by Reese .

One inning later, Carey snared a vicious line drive off the bat of Hodges . Amoros ended the inning with a fly to Mantle in deep center.

In the ninth, with the crowd on the edges of its seats and a national television audience hanging on every pitch, Larsen opened the inning by getting Carl Furillo on a flay ball to Hank Bauer in right on a 1-2 pitch. Roy Campanella then grounded a one-strike pitch to B Billy Martin at second for the second out.

The final out came with pinch-hitter Dale Mitchell at the plate. Larsen's first pitch was a ball. The dangerous Mitchell took a called strike, swung and missed at the next pitch, then poked a foul into the left field stands. The next pitch was a fastball on the outside corner, and Mitchell watched it go by as umpire Babe Pinelli called "strike three."

Catcher Yogi Berra raced to the mound where he jumped into the arms of the jubilant Larsen (image below) in a fitting end to the most spectacular game ever pitched.

Don Larsen and Yogi Berra
Don Larsen and Yogi Berra | AP Wire - October 8, 1956 | Photoshop by Baseball Almanac, Inc.
Don Larsen pitched fifteen years with seven different teams, never won more than eleven games in a season any year he pitched, lost a league leading twenty-one games in 1954, and finished with a sub-.500 record. Larsen also played in five World Series, won two World Series rings, played alongside Hall of Famer's throughout his career, once had seven consecutive hits in seven consecutive at-bats setting a new record for pitchers (1953), and his perfect game was so amazing that the writers kept him on the ballot for fifteen years [1974 7.9%, 1975 - 6.4%, 1976 - 12.1%, 1977 - 10.2%, 1978 - 8.4%, 1979 - 12.3%, 1980 - 8.1%, 1981 - 8.2%, 1982 - 7.7%, 1983 - 5.9%, 1984 - 6.2%, 1985 - 8.1%, 1986 - 7.8%, 1987 - 7.3%, 1988 - 7.3%].

Last-Modified: January 2, 2020 5:52 AM EST

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