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Up for sale is a signed 11" x 14" photo the New York Daily News front page from Don Larsen's 1956 World Series Perfect Game. The photo is signed by Don Larsen with the inscription, "WS PF 10-8-56". Please note the red border is not a part of the measurement and can be trimmed while retaining the 11x14 dimensions.
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The1956 World SeriesofMajor League Baseballwas played between theNew York Yankees(representing theAmerican League) and the defending championBrooklyn Dodgers(representing theNational League) during October 1956. The Series was a rematch of the1955 World Series. It was the last all-New York City Series until 44 years later in2000; the Dodgers and theNew York Giantsmoved toCaliforniaafter the1957 season. Additionally, it was the last time a New York team represented the National League until1969when theNew York Metsdefeated theBaltimore Oriolesin five games.
The Yankees won the Series in seven games, capturing their seventeenth championship. Brooklyn won Games 1 and 2, but New York pitchers threw five consecutive complete games (Games 3–7) to cap off the comeback. The highlight wasDon Larsen'sperfect gamein Game 5. Larsen was named theSeries MVPfor his achievement. The Dodgers scored 19 runs in the first two games, but only six in the remaining five games, with just one in the final three games.
This was the last World Series to date not to have scheduled off days (although Game2 was postponed a day due to rain).
As of April 2015, three original television broadcasts from this Series (Game 2 partial, Games 3 and 5) had been released on DVD.
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- 2.1Game 1
- 2.2Game 2
- 2.3Game 3
- 2.4Game 4
- 2.5Game 5
- 2.6Game 6
- 2.7Game 7
ALNew York Yankees(4) vs. NLBrooklyn 3New York Yankees – 3,Brooklyn Dodgers– 6Ebbets Field2:3234,4792October 5†New York Yankees – 8,Brooklyn Dodgers– 13Ebbets Field3:2636,2173October 6Brooklyn Dodgers – 3,New York Yankees– 5Yankee Stadium2:1773,9774October 7Brooklyn Dodgers – 2,New York Yankees– 6Yankee Stadium2:4369,7055October 8Brooklyn Dodgers – 0,New York Yankees– 2Yankee Stadium2:0664,5196October 9New York Yankees – 0,Brooklyn Dodgers– 1(10)Ebbets Field2:3733,2247October 10New York Yankees– 9, Brooklyn Dodgers – 0Ebbets Field2:1933,782
†: postponed from October 4 due to rain
MatchupsGame 1Wednesday, October 3, 1956 1:00 pm (ET) atEbbets FieldinBrooklyn,New YorkTeam123456789RHENew Maglie(1–0) LP:Whitey Ford(0–1)
NYY:Mickey Mantle(1),Billy Martin(1)
BRO:Jackie Robinson(1),Gil Hodges(1)
Three batters into the game, the Yankees led 2–0 on aMickey Mantlehome run. Brooklyn struck back with aJackie Robinsonhomer in the second inning and a three-runGil Hodgesshot in the third, then won behindSal Maglie's complete game.
Game 2Friday, October 5, 1956 1:00 pm (ET) atEbbets Field in Brooklyn, New YorkTeam123456789RHENew Bessent(1–0) LP:Tom Morgan(0–1)
Neither starting pitcher survived the second inning,Don Newcombegiving up aYogi Berragrand slam, andDon Larsengiving up four unearned runs. Little-known pitcherDon Bessentworked the final seven innings for the win.
Game 2 set a number of peculiar records in World Series history, which are either matched or comparable with similar World Series records and performances, in limited instances:
- Game 2 is the first of only two World Series games in history in which a grand slam-hitting teamfailed to win the game. While the Yankees would prevail in the 1956series, the1988Oakland Athleticswould produce a grand slam inGame 1,lose that game, and furthermorelose that series.
- The number of Yankee runs put up in the game, eight, is the largest number of runs accumulated in a World Series game, by a team whichlost the game, yet went on towin the series. This record is shared in common only withGame 3of1947, with the Yankees repeating this unusual record here in another Yankee/Dodgers series.
- The combined run count of both teams in the game, 21, is the largest such combined run count between two teams in any one World Series game, such that the losing teamwon the series. The complementary record, the largest combined game run count with the game winning team being the series winning team, and the game losing team being the series losing team (and highest combined team run count ever in a World Series game) was set inGame 4 in 1993.
Game 3Saturday, October 6, 1956 1:00 pm (ET) atYankee StadiuminBronx, New York01000301X581WP:Whitey Ford(1–1) LP:Roger Craig(0–1)
NYY:Billy Martin(2),Enos Slaughter(1)
Whitey Fordpitched a complete game, scattering eight hits, and got the support he needed from anEnos Slaughterthree-run homer in the sixth that gave the Yankees a 4–2 lead; they never trailed in the game afterwards.
Game 4Sunday, October 7, 1956 2:00 pm (ET) atYankee Stadium in Bronx, New York10020120X672WP:Tom Sturdivant(1–0) LP:Carl Erskine(0–1)
NYY:Mickey Mantle(2),Hank Bauer(1)
Hank Bauer's two-run homer in the seventh offDon Drysdale, pitching in relief, put the game away for the Yankees, who got a complete-game six-hitter fromTom Sturdivant. Mantle hit a home run offEd Roebuckin the previous inning.
Game 5Monday, October 8, 1956 1:00 pm (ET) atYankee Stadium in Bronx, New York00010100X250WP:Don Larsen(1–0) LP:Sal Maglie(1–1)
NYY:Mickey Mantle(3)Main article:Don Larsen's perfect game
In Game 5, Larsen, working in an unusual "no-windup" style, pitched the only postseasonperfect game, and the only postseasonno-hitteruntil 2010. Of several close moments, the best remembered isGil Hodges' fifth-inning line drive toward Yankee Stadium's famed "Death Valley" in left-center, snared by center fielderMickey Mantlewith a spectacular running catch.
A reporter asked Yankees managerCasey Stengelif this was the best game Larsen had ever pitched. Stengel diplomatically answered, "So far!" For Larsen, this was an especially satisfying performance, as he had acquired perhaps a better reputation as a night owl than as a pitcher. Stengel once said of Larsen, "The only thing he fears is sleep!" Larsen's perfect game was also the last game that umpireBabe Pinellicalled behind the plate.
Sports cartoonistWillard Mullindrew an illustration of a happy Larsen painting a canvas titledThe Perfect Game, observed by Mullin's classic "Brooklyn Bum." Referencing the old saw "I don't know much about art, but I know what I like", the disgusted-looking Bum came up with a variation: "I don't care if it is art—I don't like it!"
Brooklyn starterSal Maglieappeared on the game showWhat's My Line?the night before the game, with former YankeePhil Rizzutoas one of the panel members.
Game 6Tuesday, October 9, 1956 1:00 pm (ET) atEbbets Field in Brooklyn, New YorkTeam12345678910RHENew Labine(1–0) LP:Bob Turley(0–1)
In a 10-inning scoreless pitching duel with both starters going all the way,Jackie Robinson's walk-off single to left in the bottom of the 10th won the game forClem Labineand kept the Dodgers' championship hopes alive. Tough-luck loserBob Turleygave up a 10th-inning walk toJim Gilliam, a sacrifice bunt byPee Wee Reeseand intentional pass toDuke Sniderbefore the decisive hit. Game 6 is one of only three games in World Series history to be scoreless through nine innings, the others beingGame 2 in 1913andGame 7 in 1991.
Game 7Wednesday, October 10, 1956 1:00 pm (ET) atEbbets Field in Brooklyn, New YorkTeam123456789RHENew Kucks(1–0) LP:Don Newcombe(0–1)
NYY:Yogi Berra2 (3),Elston Howard(1),Bill Skowron(1)
Yogi Berra's two homers led New York to an unexpectedly easy 9–0 title-clinching victory. Yankee pitcherJohnny Kucksstruck outJackie Robinsonto end the Series. It would be Robinson's final at-bat, as he retired at the season's end.
After belting the Yankee pitching staff for 19 runs and 21 hits in the first two games, the Dodger bats went silent in the next five games, scoring only six runs on 21 hits, batting only .142 (21–for–148). New York outscored Brooklyn 22–6 in Games 3–7, the Yankees winning their 17th World Series.
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1956 World Series(4–3):New York York Yankees662605611033586Brooklyn player's share:$8,715 Losing player's style="margin:0.5em 0px; color:rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family:sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-variant:normal; font-weight:normal; letter-spacing:normal; orphans:auto; text-align:start; text-indent:0px; text-transform:none; white-space:normal; word-spacing:0px; background-color:rgb(255, 255, 255);">NBCtelevised the Series, with announcersMel Allen(for the Yankees) andVin Scully(for the Dodgers). In 2006, it was announced that a of the Game 5 telecast (featuring Larsen's perfect game) had been preserved and discovered by a collector. That kinescope recording aired during theMLB Network's first night on the air on January 1, 2009, supplemented with an interview of both Larsen and Yogi Berra byBob Costas. The first inning of the telecast is still considered lost and was not aired by the MLB Network or included in a subsequentDVDrelease of the game.
TheMutualnetwork aired the Series on radio, withBob WolffandBob Nealannouncing. This was the final World Series broadcast for Mutual, which had covered the event since1935; NBC'sradio networkwould gain exclusive national rights to baseball the following season.