Larsen to raise money for grandkids by auctioning off perfect-game uniform

LITTLE FALLS, N.J. — Don Larsen has two grandchildren, one in college and the other a freshman in high school. He wants to make sure they're taken care of. He wants to make sure they complete their educations.

So, to help that cause, the former Yankee has decided to auction off the uniform he wore 56 years ago Monday, when he authored a perfect game in the World Series.

"I've been thinking about it for a bit," Larsen said. "I'm not getting any younger and I don't know how much longer I'll be around. I want to make sure they can both go to college, which isn't cheap these days.

"So, I figured it was the right time."

On the anniversary of Larsen's greatest day as a pitcher, Steiner Sports Memorabilia announced it will auction off the uniform that Larsen, 82, wore. And he was joined at the press conference by his catcher, Yogi Berra, at his museum and learning center at Montclair State University.

Larsen, who has kept the jersey in a closet in Idaho, was asked if he could fathom that his uniform could draw more in an auction than he made in his career as a Major Leaguer.

"It wouldn't take much," Larsen said. "Because I didn't make much."

A Babe Ruth jersey went for $4.4 million last year, so Steiner anticipates such a historic relic to draw at least seven figures.

"I had only worn it three times, but we were entitled to keep it," Larsen said. "I kept it in my closet and it was in great condition."

There was only one downside. Larsen's hat fell off when Berra jumped into his arms. It was never recovered.

"I was told it was picked up by some guy in New Jersey, then supposedly donated to the (Baseball) Hall of Fame," Larsen said. "Every picture I have of the day, my hat is gone."

Larsen threw the only perfect game in the World Series, helping the Yankees capture the 1956 World Series title. After the seven-game win, he earned the series MVP.

"He didn't shake me off once," Berra said. "He was throwing pretty hard and had a good breaking ball that day."


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