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Today is the 61st anniversary of Don Larsen’s World Series perfect game

donlarsenmemorabiliaToday is the 61st anniversary of Don Larsen’s perfect game for the New York Yankees in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series — the first no-hitter in MLB postseason history.

Larsen retired all 27 Brooklyn Dodgers batters he faced at Yankee Stadium on Monday, October 8, 1956 for a 2-0 win.

In the ninth, Larsen enticed outs from Carl Furillo and Roy Campanella before Dodgers manager Walter Alston called back pitcher Sal Maglie and sent pinch hitter Dale Mitchell to the plate. With a 2-2 count, catcher Yogi Berra called for a fastball. Mitchell tried to check his swing, but home-plate umpire Babe Pinelli already called it Strike 3.

Berra jumped into Larsen’s arms, and the picture of that embrace remains on of baseball’s most quintessential images.

Yankees legend Berra caught his final games with the ’65 Mets

mets8Yogi Berra, the Hall of Fame great who died Tuesday at the age of 90, is known mostly by New York Yankees fans as a catcher and by New York Mets fans as a manager.

But Berra’s final four games behind home plate were actually in a Mets uniform, and he did so after managing the Yankees to the 1964 American League pennant.

Berra, who caught Don Larsen’s World Series perfect game in 1956, took over as skipper in the Bronx in 1964 when Ralph Houk stepped into the general manager role. Berra led the Yankees to a 99-63 record, finishing the year one game ahead of the Chicago White Sox. New York faced St. Louis in the World Series but lost to the Cardinals in seven games. Houk had already made the decision to fire Berra, and that move was made official after the World Series.

The Cardinals manager, Johnny Keane, resigned as manager of the Cardinals and was handed the keys to the Yankees. Such abrupt moves and new ownership led the Yankees franchise down a dark path.

Berra, meanwhile, jumped boroughs and signed as a player-coach for the Mets. Berra appeared in four games in early May — two as a pinch-hitter and two as a catcher — before hanging up the cleats for good and settling in as a full-time coach.

Berra hit just 2-for-9 in those games, which included three Mets losses. His best performance was going 2-for-3 while catching Al Jackson’s May 4 2-1 complete game win against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Berra took over as Mets’ manager after Hodges death and lead the team to its second National League pennant in 1973. The Mets lost the ’73 World Series to the A’s. He stayed with the club until midway through the ’75 season, when he was replaced by interim manager Roy McMillian.