from roughed up to perfection in three days

Yesterday I mentioned Yogi Berra’s memoir “You Can Observe a Lot by Watching,” and specifically how Yogi wrote at length about Don Larsen and his perfect game in the 1956 World Series.

Larsen’s perfect game provides a perfect example of a player putting a bad game behind him in order to come through for his team the next time out.

In Game 2 of the World Series, Larsen didn’t make it through the second inning as he  gave up four runs in the inning, helping the Brooklyn Dodgers erase the Yankees 6-0 lead. Casey Stengel to pulled Larsen and the Dodgers went on to win the game, 13-8.

But Laresen didn’t let it get him down. Three days later, he threw the what many to believe to be the greatest game in baseball history. Larsen’s perfect game in Game 5, is the only perfect game in World Series history, prompting Yogi to leap into Larsen’s arm after the twenty-seventh out was recorded.

So if you had a bad day today, put it behind you. Friday just might be perfect.

Photo via the SI Vault.


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