Wednesday, September 14, 2016

87 y.o. Don Larsen Takes the Mound Again at Sportsman's Park

North St. Louis, Mo.  -  Don Larsen rekindled old memories, walking around Sportsman's Park on September 10, 2016.   Don pitched over 100 innings at the field in 1953 for the St. Louis Browns.  "Sportsman's" is now a youth football field. 

Don Larsen, 1956 World Series Perfect Game pitcher
In the background of this shot, is the YMCA building on Grand Avenue, where a lot of Cardinals and Browns, and newly-arriving rookies, crashed. Still a YMCA. Larsen was visiting fans in the St. Louis area and took time to visit the location along with a Cardinal ball game that evening.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Bobblehead Night Fans at the Ballpark with Don Larsen

Don Larsen (center), baseball's only perfect game pitcher in a World Series, waving to fans at the September 9, 2016 game at Busch Stadium.  

Larsen was signed by the St. Louis Browns and played in St. Louis during the 1953 season. His perfect game was when he was with the New York Yankees on October 8, 1956 against the Brooklyn Dodgers. No other player in the 114 year history of baseball has achieved this feat. 

Pictured below left to right is Bill DeWitt, Jr., Cardinals Chairman, Ed Wheatley, STL Browns Fan Club, Don Larsen waving along side of Eddie Gaedel family members.

Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI
The gathering capped the night recognizing the Eddie Gaedel bobblehead night. The Cardinals gave away 30,000 bobbleheads to fans.