Don Larsen, who has pitched the only perfect game in World Series history, passed away Wednesday at age 90.
According to Bill Madden of the New York Daily News, Larsen died while in hospice care in Idaho, due to esophageal cancer.
Larsen pitched five seasons with the Yankees from 1955-59, and his career in pinstripes is remembered for his perfect game against the Brooklyn Dodgers in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series at Yankee Stadium. Larsen needed just 97 pitches to finish the game, striking out seven Dodgers along the way.
The Yankees released the following statement on Larsen's passing:
"We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Don Larsen, who remained a welcome and familiar face at our annual Old-Timers' Day celebrations in the decades following his playing career.
"Don's perfect game is a defining moment for our franchise, encapsulating a storied era of Yankees success and ranking among the greatest single-game performances in Major League Baseball history. The unmitigated joy reflected in his embrace with Yogi Berra after the game's final out will forever hold a secure place in Yankees lore. It was the pinnacle of baseball success and a reminder of the incredible, unforgettable things that can take place on a baseball field.
"The Yankees organization extends its deepest condolences to Don's family and friends during this difficult time. He will be missed."
Born in Michigan City, Ind. on August 7, 1929, Larsen enjoyed a 14-year career in the majors, pitching for seven different teams. He won two World Series titles with the Yankees, the first in 1956 and the second in 1958.
He finished his career with an 81-91 record and a 3.78 ERA.
The world is less "perfect" today. Don Larsen, the only man to pitch a perfect game in World Series history, is gone. Goodbye, my friend. We will miss you! @dcone36 @BoomerWells33 @Yankees @MLB @YESNetwork @WFAN660 @MLBNetwork @espn pic.twitter.com/X9X9y3gbSM- Andrew Levy (@ALevyNYC) January 2, 2020