Touch 'Em All: Larsen's 'perfect' uniform will go to auction

Posted: May 27, 2012

Don Larsen remembers the Yankees getting new uniforms for the 1956 Series.

He wore his in Game 2 against the Dodgers, who chased the righthander after he allowed four runs in 12/3 innings in a 13-8 loss.

He wore it again in Game 5, on Oct. 8, 1956, when he pitched the only perfect game in postseason history and the only no-hitter or perfecto in World Series history.

"The uniform never got dirty because I didn't wear it very long," Larsen said. "It's still in beautiful condition. I will miss it when it goes."

Larsen and agent Andrew Levy have consigned the uniform to Steiner Sports Marketing, which has scheduled an online auction from Oct. 8, the 56th anniversary of the perfect game, to Dec. 2, at steinersports.com.

Maybe the sale was triggered by the auction of a Babe Ruth Yankees road jersey from 1920 that sold earlier this month for $4.4 million, a record for a sports artifact.

Tired of getting beat

The Orioles have been one of the biggest surprises in the season's first quarter. After enduring 14 straight losing seasons, Baltimore is in first place in the rugged AL East.

"There's something to be said for people getting tired of getting their nose bloodied," manager Buck Showalter told the New York Times on Friday, before an 8-2 victory over Kansas City that pushed his team's record to 29-17.

"But there's a real mature grip on reality. Even with some of the small accolades we've gotten early on in the year, they don't buy it. They know how fleeting it can be."

Cleveland started last season 30-15 and finished with a losing record. Pittsburgh held onto first in the NL Central as late as July, and also finished below .500.

Derek rolls on

Yankee captain Derek Jeter rapped out two hits against the Oakland A's on Saturday to tie Hall of Famer George Brett for 15th on the all-time list with 3,154 career hits.

Around the bigs

The Mets have homered in their last three games, and even that modest output - five dingers in the three games - looks powerful compared with the rest of the season. New York began play on Saturday ranked 29th of 30 teams with 27 homers. (Those slugging Phillies were 18th with 38 round-trippers.)

Atlanta placed Chipper Jones on the 15-day disabled list with a bruised left leg. Jones is hitting .307 with five homers and 24 RBIs in his final season. He will retire after the season and remains just as valuable to the team as he was when the won the MVP award in 1999 - the Braves are 19-5 when Jones starts and 7-16 in games he doesn't.

Indians catcher Carlos Santana is headed to the seven-day concussion list. Santana left Friday's game against the Chicago White Sox in the eighth inning after being struck by a foul tip.


Contact Don McKee at dmckee@phillynews.com.

This article contains information from the Associated Press.

 

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