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Don Larsen, who threw only perfect World Series game, dies at 90

He was probably unlikeliest to attain what so many greats couldn’t pull off in the fall classic. At 81-91 lifetime, he never won more than 11 games in a season.
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FILE - In this Oct. 8, 1956, file photo, New York Yankees pitcher Don Larsen signs a baseball for Brooklyn Dodgers manager Walter O'Malley in the dressing room after Larsen pitched a perfect game against the Dodgers during Game 5 of the World Series at Yankee Stadium in New York. Larsen, the journeyman pitcher who reached the heights of baseball glory in 1956 for the Yankees when he threw a perfect game and the only no-hitter in World Series history, died Wednesday night, Jan. 1, 2020. He was 90. (AP Photo/File)

NEW YORK — Don Larsen, the journeyman pitcher who reached the heights of baseball glory in 1956 for the New York Yankees when he threw a perfect game and the only no-hitter in World Series history, died Wednesday night. He was 90. 

Larsen's agent, Andrew Levy, said the former pitcher died of esophageal cancer in Hayden, Idaho. Levy said Larsen's son, Scott, confirmed the death. 

Larsen was the unlikeliest of characters to attain what so many Hall of Famers couldn’t pull off in the fall classic. 

He was 81-91 lifetime, never won more than 11 games in a season and finished an unsightly 3-21 with Baltimore in 1954, the year before he was dealt to the Yankees as part of an 18-player trade.

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