Don Larsen auctioning his jersey from 1956 perfect game
May 28, 2012 7:54PM
** ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, OCT. 7-8** FILE ** New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra leaps into the arms of pitcher Don Larsen after Larsen struck out the last Brooklyn Dodgers batter to complete his perfect game during the World Series game 5 in this Oct. 8, 1956 file photo. (AP Photo)
Updated: July 3, 2012 12:05PM
The cost of attending college has skyrocketed in recent years.
So to provide for his grandsons’ education, Don Larsen is auctioning off the Yankees jersey he wore in 1956 when he pitched the only perfect game in World Series history.
“I really don’t know what it’s worth,” Larsen told the New York Times.
“But what I do know is that in terms of historic importance, my uniform is part of one of the greatest moments in the history of sports. I have thought about that perfect game more than once a day, every day of my life since the day I threw it.”
The Times also reported that Larsen sold the baseball from the final out along with the cap, glove and shoes he was wearing for $120,750 in 2002. But the artifacts had been bronzed, making them less valuable.
Larsen’s battery mate, Yogi Berra, sold his jersey from that day for $565,000.
A 1920 Yankees road jersey worn by Babe Ruth recently became the highest-priced piece of sports memorabilia when it sold for $4.4 million.
The auction begins on Oct. 8, the 56th anniversary of Larsen’s feat, and ends on Dec. 2. It is being conducted by Steiner Sports Marketing.