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Yankees PR man, Marty Appel, is handling the publicity for this book and he wanted me to share it with my readers. It’s called: Perfect: Don Larsen’s Miraculous World Series Game and the Men Who Made It Happen by Lew Paper. 

Press Release:

In the 105-year history of the Major League Baseball World Series, 606 games have been played, with 1, 212 starting pitchers. Of those, 218 have pitched for 9 innings or more. Only one World Series pitcher has gone nine full innings and retired 27 batters with zero hits and zero runs. That pitcher is New York Yankee Don Larsen, and his incredible feat on a warm October afternoon was the “greatest moment” in World Series history according to The New York Times.

PERFECT is the amazing inning-by-inning breakdown of Game 5 of the 1956 World Series where the New York Yankees were pitted against perennial rivals the Brooklyn Dodgers. There hadn’t even been a regular season perfect game in 34 years. These are the stories of the 19 people who had the best seats in the house that October day – the 19 players who actually appeared in the game. Author Lew Paper spent six years researching and interviewing players, managers, reporters, and families of those legendary players who took part in the historic match-up.

In a remarkable telling of both the game, and of these players’ stories, author Lew Paper has created a unique contribution to baseball literature, and the story of baseball in mid-20th century. Some were famous, some obscure, but all were together in Yankee Stadium on that one day to witness and take part in history. PERFECT also provides another perspective into some of the most explosive issues that continue to prompt debate among baseball fans, such as then St. Louis Cardinal Enos Slaughter’s slide into and spiking of Jackie Robinson and whether it was intentional or an accident.

From racial and ethnic discrimination to less than ideal traveling conditions, small salaries that required players to have jobs in the off season, and the broken marriages that resulted from careers and lives spent on the road. PERFECT is an affecting and meticulously researched celebration of the players who witnessed and contributed to the only perfect game in World Series history.

The “Greatest Game” Through the Greatest Perspective…

“This gem of a story brilliantly recreates one of the greatest moments in baseball history by interweaving the intense drama of the game with superb portraits of key players… Perfect captures our hearts as it carries us back to the golden age of baseball and the more innocent world of the 1950’s.”

—Doris Kearns Goodwin, New York Times bestselling author of Wait Till Next Year (more…)

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Lou GehrigRecently, the New York Daily News published their list of the All-World Series Yankees team. Looking over it, there is not much much debate at who should be on it, with the exception of one or two spots (Brosius vs Nettles, Larsen vs. Pettitte). Are you happy with this list? To see the full article click here.

Manager – Casey Stengel

C – Yogi Berra
1B – Lou Gehrig
2B – Billy Martin
SS – Derek Jeter
3B – Graig Nettles
OF – Mickey Mantle
OF – Babe Ruth
OF – Joe DiMaggio
DH – Reggie Jackson

SP – Whitey Ford
SP – Red Ruffing
SP – Allie Reynolds
SP – Walte Hoyt
SP – Don Larsen
CP – Mariano Rivera

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