JAMESTOWN - The Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame, in cooperation with sports historian and 2012 CSHOF inductee Greg Peterson, will screen a DVD showing of arguably the most famous game in baseball history, Don Larsen's perfect game, on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m., at the Robert H. Jackson Center in Jamestown. The event is free to the public.
Still the only no-hitter ever pitched in the World Series, and a perfect game at that, Larsen's incredible feat on Monday, Oct. 8, 1956, at Yankee Stadium continues to gain legendary status. The DVD contains the original TV broadcast by Mel Allen and Vince Scully beginning in the top of the second inning. It includes all the original commercials and complete post-game remarks.
At game time, the 1956 Word Series was tied at two games each as pitchers Sal Maglie of Brooklyn and Larsen of New York both make their second starts. It will be like being there in front of an old black and white TV more than 56 years later watching this historic game unfold.
The Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame will screen a DVD showing of Don Larsen’s perfect game on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m., at the Robert H. Jackson Center in Jamestown. The event is free to the public.
See Roy Campanella, Yogi Berra, Duke Snider, Hank Bauer, Carl Furillo, Jackie Robinson, Billy Martin, Pee Wee Reese, Enos Slaughter and more.
Watch Mickey Mantle become the first player to reach base with a fourth inning homer and his running backhand catch of Gil Hodges' long drive in the fifth is a true gem. Maglie is tough, yielding only five hits and even striking out the Yankee side in the eighth. But the stage is all Larsen's as he retires a virtual all-star Brooklyn lineup in the ninth to finish off what many baseball historians say was the greatest game ever pitched.
Interestingly, Maglie pitched for the Jamestown Falcons during the 1940 season when the team played its games at Allen Park before Municipal Stadium was built in 1941. Furthermore, Jamestown native and 1985 CSHOF inductee Irv Noren was a member of the 1956 Yankee team. He was injured and did not play during the World Series, but watched Larsen's gem from the New York dugout.