3. November 2022
Matt Kelly, Daniel Kramer, Sarah Langs and Manny Randhawa
There's no greater challenge or opportunity for a beginning pitcher than taking the ball in October, and there are a few nights when everything lines up. There have been more than 3,000 postseason starts in MLB history, but few pitchers have crossed the seven-inning threshold with a no-hitter bid. And, of course, only two men have ever ended a postseason game by keeping the "H" column on the scoreboard at zero.
The Astros made us think back to those two occasions when they finished the first combined no-hitter in postseason history in Game 4 of the 2022 World Series in Philadelphia. Below, in reverse chronological order, is a look at the three historic postseason no-hitters, along with the next no-hitter calls in postseason history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Cristian Javier, Bryan Abreu, Rafael Montero und Ryan Pressly, Astros: 2022 World Series Spiel 4, No-Hitter
By the time Javier got the ball for Game 4, his job was cut out for him as the Astros trailed 2-1 in the series after a draining Game 3 loss. To say he rose to the challenge would be an understatement -- batting nine in six no-hit innings, starting a historic night for Houston. Javier, followed by Abreu, Montero and Pressly, penned the third no-hitter in postseason history and only the second overall in the World Series. As an added bonus, it was also the second combined no-no Javier started in 2022, the first coming in Juneagainst the Yankees.
The first post-season no-hitter since Roy Halladay's NLDS masterpiece in 2010 had some connections to that incredible night — not only were they both thrown into Citizens Bank Park, Astros manager Dusty Baker, who was on the winning side in 2022, was on the other side in 2010 as manager of the Reds.
Roy Halladay, Phillies: 2010 NLDS Spiel 1, No-Hitter
Halladay had thrown a perfect game earlier in the year, already a rare feat, but it was the pinnacle of his career, the pinnacle he kept running back. Not only was it the second no-hitter in postseason history, at 1,262. Game in the postseason story. It wasn't just a second no-hitter for Halladay in a single season and postseason combined. It wasn't just his first postseason game of his career. He'd waited for this moment for so long—when he debuted for the Blue Jays in 1998 as a 21-year-old, he finally got the chance to field a postseason game for the Phillies as a 33-year-old. So it stands to reason that he brought it to fruition. Halladay fixed Brandon Phillips, Orlando Cabrera and Joey Votto in the first and he was gone. In fact, he was a Jay Bruce fifth inning walk from perfection.
The Phillies would sweep the series en route to an NLCS appearance.
Don Larsen, Yankees: 1956 World Series Game 5, Perfect Game
In no game in the first 53 years of postseason history had a pitcher made a bid... until Larsen engraved his name in baseball annals forever with a magical afternoon at Yankee Stadium. Still the only perfect game in October, Larsen's jewel came after losing Game 1 of the 1955 World Series to the Dodgers and then lasted just 1 2/3 innings while allowing four runs to Brooklyn in Game 2 in 1956. Three days later, Yankees manager Casey Stengel gave Larsen the ball again, tying the series at two, and he threw the game of his life into a short break.
"I had great control," Larsen later recalled, "I've never had such control in my life."
The closest the Dodgers came to getting baserunner was in the second inning when Jackie Robinson's liner ricocheted off the third baseman's glove and straight to shortstop Gil McDougald, knocking the fast Robinson a step out of the way, and in the fifth when Mickey Mantle spotted a deep fly ball from Gil Hodges in midfield. Larsen took it from there, beating pinch-hitter Dale Mitchell for the No. 27 in the ninth. The right-hander needed just 97 pitches to make history, catching jumping catcher Yogi Berra in his arms in one of baseball's legendary moments.
Ian Anderson, A.J. Minter, Luke Jackson and Tyler Matzek, Braves: 2021 World Series Game 3, 7 innings
On a cold and rainy night at Truist Park, Anderson struggled with his control, walking three and batting four over five no-hit innings. He had thrown 76 pitches, but manager Brian Snitker decided to bring Minter out of the bullpen to take over in sixth place, with the Braves holding on to a 1-0 lead against the Astros. Minter threw a scoreless sixth and Jackson followed with a scoreless seventh before Matzek took over for eighth. The first hitter the left-hander faced, pinch-hitter Aledmys Díaz, dropped a bloop single into left field to break the no-hit bid. Atlanta won the game 2-0 and took a 2-1 lead.
Anibal Sanchez, Nationals: 2019 NLCS Spiel 1, 7 2/3 Innings
Sánchez became the first pitcher in MLB history to pitch six or more innings while conceding one or fewer hits in two different postseason games, and did so with the Tigers in Game 1 of the 2013 ALCS against the Red Sox when he had six no-hit innings, walk six and strike out 12 before being taken out of the game after throwing 116 pitches. In the 19th NLCS Game 1, it was pinch hitter Jose Martinez who broke the no-hit bid with a soft single to midfield with two outs in the eighth inning.
Michael Wacha, Cardinals: 2013 NLDS Game 4, 7 1/3 innings
The 22-year-old Wacha, who made his postseason debut in just his 16th career start, shone against Charlie Morton and the Pirates - and the Cards season was at stake. St. Louis had fallen behind in the series and were on the verge of elimination when Wacha took the mound in Game 4 against his NL Central rivals. Wacha, who served in the sixth with just two assists, hit nine and walked two before giving up his first hit -- a solo homer to Pedro Alvarez with one in the eighth. Fortunately for the cards, it was the Bucs' only hit as the St. Louis pen held onto the win to force a Game 5 that saw the Redbirds cruise en route to winning the NL pennant.
Aníbal Sánchez, Al Alburquerque, Jose Veras, Drew Smyly und Joaquin Benoit, Tigers: 2013 ALCS Spiel 1, 8 1/3 Innings
Sánchez had quite a line on this occasion, not scoring while taking six strides and batting 12 over 116 pitches. He made it through the sixth inning, but then Detroit turned to its auxiliary corps against the Red Sox at Fenway Park — Alburquerque threw a clean seventh, Veras got the first two outs from the eighth, Smyly got the third from that frame, and Benoit came into play in the ninth round to try and end it. With an out, Boston's Daniel Nava put himself in midfield to end the no-no bid even though the Tigers won the game 1-0.
Jim Lonborg, Red Sox: 1967 World Series Spiel 2, 7 2/3 Innings
Lonborg even helped the Sox in the series after Bob Gibson's Game 1 jewel by retiring all but two of the 29 batters he faced. This year's AL Cy Young Award winner gave up every one of the first 19 he faced before giving up a walk against Curt Flood, and he saw his no-hit bid take a double from Julian Javier to the deep left Field was broken that sent Fenway Park Field in a breath. Lonborg and the Red Sox shut out the Cardinals, but St. Louis ultimately won the series in seven.
Bill Bevens, Yankees: 1947 World Series Game 4, 8 2/3 innings
Bevens went just 7-13 in the 1947 regular season, and Game 4 would prove to be the penultimate major league game of his career (he expressed relief in the Yankees' decisive win in Game 7). But Bevens was "effectively wild" for most of an afternoon at Ebbets Field, walking two Dodgers in the first inning, another in the second, another in the third, and two more in the fifth -- one of which was a home pick-one result outfield player In fact, Bevens walked10 TeigeMidway through the ninth inning, but still hadn't conceded a single Brooklyn hit.
Unfortunately for Bevens, the Yankees' offense put together just two runs and didn't leave their starter much room for error. His last few walks came back to hurt him: Al Ginofriddo ran for Carl Furillo and stole the second, and then Bevens walked with Pete Reiser on purpose. That put two men in for Cookie Lavagetto, who netted a two-barrel walk-off double for the Dodgers' first and only hit in their odd 3-2 win.
Red Ruffing, Yankees: 1942 World Series Spiel 1, 7 2/3 Innings
Ruffing's final box score line (four earned runs over 8 2/3 innings) didn't tell how crushing he was that afternoon. The future Hall of Famer worked around a pair of courses in the bottom of the first and another in the third before retiring 10 straight cardinals. Hewalked two more batters in the sixth, but stranded them both. Ruffing took his bid deep into eighth before Cardinals midfielder Terry Moore broke through with a two-out single.
Marty Marion hit a triple run at the bottom of ninth with two runs ahead of Ruffing to start a Redbirds rally, but the Yankees' 7-0 lead in that bottom half was enough buffer for a Game 1 win.
Monte Pearson, Yankees: 1939 World Series Spiel 2, 7 1/3 Innings
It ended up being a two-hit Reds shutout for Pearson at Yankee Stadium, but it grew into something even bigger until Cincinnati's Ernie Lombardi hit the middle with an out in the eighth inning. Lombardi had never faced Pearson before that start in his career - given the non-existence of interleague play - and had both hit a fly ball and then a groundout on his first two plate appearances. But an out in the eighth ended the bid for Pearson, though Pearson got Harry Craft to fold and Wally Berger to fold and keep the shutout intact.
Pearson went one and hit eight to help the Yankees win 4-0 en route to a World Series win.
Burleigh Grimes, Cardinals: 1931 World Series Spiel 3, 7 Innings
Not only was Grimes racing through seven innings, but he had beaten A's starter Lefty Grove with a fourth-inning single in two runs. Entering the eighth, he was down two batters but had yet to score. The eighth started with a walk to Jimmie Foxx, the third had Grimes in play. Bing Miller, the next hitter, followed with a single. It was the tenth time in Miller's career that he faced Grimes — with all those postseason plate appearances. The single, which broke the no-no, marked the first time Miller actually got a hit from Grimes. Grimes then prompted three more outs to keep the A's at bay in the innings.
Grimes lost his shutout on a homer with two outs and two runs by Al Simmons, but the Cardinals won the third game 5-2 and won the World Series in seven games.
Herb Pennock, Yankees: 1927 World Series Spiel 3, 7 1/3 Innings
As if the Yankees' "Murderers' Row" lineup wasn't enough, the Pirates' offense couldn't stop Pennock, who carried a perfect game into eighth place before future Hall of Famer Pie Traynor had a one-out single to got left in the eighth. New York had an eight-run lead by then, and the Yankee Stadium crowd was still raving about Babe Ruth's three-run homer in the previous half-inning. Clyde Barnhart drove at Traynor with an RBI double in the next at-bat but Pennock cruised from there and worked around Lloyd Waner's single in the ninth to seal an easy 8-1 win. The pinstripes ended the sweep the next day.
How many no-hitters have there been in postseason history? ›
MLB history has seen more than 3,000 postseason starts, but only a few pitchers have even crossed the seven-inning threshold with a no-hitter bid. And, of course, only two men have ever finished a postseason game having kept the 'H' column at zero on the scoreboard.Has anyone ever thrown a no-hitter in the post season? ›
In the modern era of baseball, there have been 226 no-hitters thrown but only 18 perfect games. Since there have only been two postseason no-hitters, the more impressive outing has to be Larsen's perfect game.Who has thrown a no-hitter in the postseason? ›
The first was the perfect game thrown by Don Larsen of the Yankees in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers. The second was a no-hitter thrown by Roy Halladay of the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 1 of a 2010 National League division series against the Cincinnati Reds.Has there ever been a perfect game in postseason? ›
The perfect game thrown by Don Larsen in game 5 of the 1956 World Series is the only postseason perfect game in major league history and one of only three postseason no-hitters. The first two major league perfect games, and the only two of the premodern era, were thrown in 1880, five days apart.Who is the best postseason hitter of all time? ›
Roy Halladay, Game 1 of 2010 NLDS
Before the Astros' combined no-hitter, the Phillies' Roy Halladay was the last pitcher to accomplish the feat in the postseason. He threw a no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds in Game 1 of the 2010 National League Division Series.
Besides Vander Meer, Allie Reynolds (in 1951), Virgil Trucks (in 1952), Ryan (in 1973), and Max Scherzer (in 2015) were the only major leaguers to throw two no-hitters during the same regular season.Has anyone thrown 3 no-hitters in a season? ›
Three – Larry Corcoran
Corcoran became the first major-league pitcher to throw three no-hitters when he blanked the Providence Grays for a 6-0 win on June 27, 1884, during a grueling season that destroyed his arm.
There has never been a complete-game double no-hitter in the major leagues. It has occurred 10 times in the minors: Aug. 7, 1886: Oakland's George Van Haltren beat San Francisco's Jim McMullin 4-2 in a California League game that featured a lot of runs when you consider neither team had a hit.Did Nolan Ryan ever pitch a perfect game? ›
Ryan is the all-time leader in no-hitters with seven, three more than any other pitcher. He is tied with Bob Feller for the most one-hitters, with 12. Ryan also pitched 18 two-hitters. Despite this, he never pitched a perfect game, nor did he ever win a Cy Young Award.
Who caught the only perfect game in World Series history? ›
Don Larsen rears back during his perfect game in the 1956 World Series at Yankee Stadium. Don Larsen met the press after throwing the first perfect game in World Series history, 1956. Don Larsen was the center of attention after throwing the first perfect game in World Series history, 1956.Has any MLB team never had a no-hitter? ›
The Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers sit far ahead of all other teams, and as of April 9, 2021, all current franchises now have one.Has there ever been a 27 pitch game? ›
Necciai is best remembered for the unique feat of striking out 27 batters in a nine-inning game, which he accomplished while playing with the Class-D Appalachian League team, the Bristol Twins, on May 13, 1952.Has there ever been an 81 pitch perfect game? ›
1991 appears to be a significant cutoff date for doing things like this because this feat (complete-game shutout, 81 or fewer pitches) was accomplished four times in 1990.Has anyone thrown 2 perfect games? ›
No major league player has ever thrown two perfect games, although Jean Faut of the AAGPBL accomplished the feat with perfect games in 1951 and 1953.Who has had a perfect game in MLB? ›
King Felix last pitched in 2019, but he still owns MLB's most recent perfect game. On Aug. 15, 2012, Felix Hernandez tossed a perfecto against the Tampa Bay Rays. The 2010 AL Cy Young winner struck out 12, including the final batter, to record the first perfect game in Seattle Mariners history.What is the longest home run in postseason history? ›
- Eric Hosmer, Kansas City Royals: 453 feet.
- Chad Pinder, Oakland Athletics: 453 feet.
- Luke Voit, New York Yankees: 453 feet.
- Mike Zunino, Tampa Bay Rays: 454 feet.
- Joc Pederson, Atlanta Braves: 454 feet.
- Ronald Acuña Jr., Atlanta Braves: 455 feet.
- Giancarlo Stanton, New York Yankees: 458 feet.
But some teams have made it look easier than others. Only one team has run the table in the postseason in the Divisional Era (since 1969): the 1976 Reds (7-0). However, no team has had an undefeated postseason run since the Wild Card Era began in 1995, making the path to a World Series championship longer.What team has gone the longest without a no-hitter? ›
The Chicago Cubs had gone nearly 50 years without falling victim to a no-hitter until the Philadelphia Phillies' Cole Hamels zapped them in 2015. That leaves the Oakland Athletics with the longest streak of avoiding a no-hitter, having last been no-hit 31 years, 7 months, 21 days ago back in 1991.Who has the lowest ERA in postseason history? ›
- Mariano Rivera (0.70 ERA from 1995-2011) ...
- Sandy Koufax (0.95 ERA from 1959-66) ...
- Christy Mathewson (1.06 ERA from 1905-13) ...
- Eddie Plank (1.32 ERA from 1905-14) ...
- Stephen Strasburg (1.46 ERA from 2014-19)
What is the longest no-hitter in MLB? ›
After nearly 70 years, they still talk about that game in Winchester. It was no ordinary no-hitter. It went 17 innings, a feat still unchallenged as the longest no-hit game in professional baseball history.Who pitched 3 no-hitters in a row? ›
Johnny Vander Meer is the only pitcher to throw no-hitters in consecutive starts -- he did it on June 11 and June 15, 1938, exactly 75 years ago. But six times -- four times more than anyone in history -- Ryan had a chance to equal Vander Meer. Ryan's best chance came on July 19, 1973.What is the longest no-hitter by one pitcher? ›
You've almost certainly never heard of it -- in fact, it very nearly never happened at all. And yet, not a single professional pitcher -- on any field, in any town -- has managed to match Fred Toney's start on May 10, 1909: 17 innings pitched, one walk, 19 strikeouts, no hits.Has a pitcher ever thrown a no-hitter and hit a home run? ›
Wise, Wes Ferrell (1931), Jim Tobin (1944), and Earl Wilson (1962) are the only pitchers to throw a no-hitter and hit a home run in the same game. On August 28 against the San Francisco Giants, Wise also hit two home runs.Who pitched 2 no-hitters in a row? ›
More than 9,000 men have taken the mound in a big league game, but what pitcher Johnny Vander Meer accomplished more than three quarters of a century ago by tossing back-to-back no-hitters is considered by many one of the game's most unbreakable records.What pitcher has 7 no-hitters? ›
On the same day that Rickey Henderson broke Lou Brock's all-time steals record, Nolan Ryan made history as well, recording his major league record seventh no-hitter. On May 1, 1991, at the age of 44, Ryan became the oldest player to register a no-hitter.Has a pitcher ever lost a no-hitter? ›
On April 23, 1964, Ken Johnson of the Houston Colt . 45s became the first pitcher to throw a nine-inning no-hitter and lose. In fact, he is still the only individual to throw an official (nine-inning) no-hitter and lose.Who threw a no-hitter with one arm? ›
Abbott's career is an incredible one, and this no-hitter achieved 20 years ago today was his single greatest professional game. As if a no-hitter in a professional game wasn't impressive enough, Abbott also achieved this feat at a major physical disadvantage: Jim Abbot was born without a right hand.Has a no-hitter ever had a run? ›
Of that total, 138 no-hitters have been thrown since 1950. And of that total, there have only been seven no-hitters in which the team held hitless managed to score a run, the last of which was thrown in 1993 by the late Darryl Kile.
What is the rarest baseball play? ›
Unassisted triple plays
The rarest type of triple play, and one of the rarest events of any kind in baseball, is for a single fielder to complete all three outs. There have only been 15 unassisted triple plays in MLB history, making this feat rarer than a perfect game.
The most widely quoted response is Nolan Ryan, whose fastball was "officially" clocked by the Guinness Book of World Records at 100.9 miles per hour in a game played on August 20, 1974, versus the Detroit Tigers. A record that's still included in the book.Who hit the most home runs off Sandy Koufax? ›
Clemente also had three doubles and two triples among his 22 hits. Roberto Clemente's six career home runs off Sandy Koufax tied for the most he hit off any pitcher (he also had six against Fergie Jenkins). A Hall of Famer, Clemente played in 18 MLB seasons (1955-72; all for the Pirates).Has anyone ever pitched an immaculate game? ›
The Astros' Luis Garcia and Phil Maton both fanned three hitters on nine pitches to help Houston become the only team in MLB history to toss a pair of immaculate innings in the same game. Garcia and Maton also achieved the feat against the same hitters—Nathaniel Lowe, Ezequiel Duran, and Brad Miller. What is this?Who ruined the perfect game? ›
"I don't want to be known as Jim Joyce, the guy that blew the perfect game. But I think that's inevitable." Why? "Because I'm Jim Joyce," he says, "the umpire who blew the perfect game."Who has the most blown saves in World Series history? ›
The youngest pitcher to throw no-hitter: Amos Rusie, New York Giants, July 31, 1891 (20 years, 62 days).Has there ever been a no-hitter more than 9 innings? ›
A game that is a no-hitter through 9 innings may be lost in extra innings. In 1917, Fred Toney of the Cincinnati Reds and Hippo Vaughn of the Chicago Cubs each threw nine innings of no-hit ball; the only time in baseball history that neither team has had a hit through nine innings.Has a team ever thrown back to back no-hitters? ›
1) Johnny Vander Meer, Reds -- June 15, 1938
The king of all no-hitter follow-ups: a second straight no-hitter. Vander Meer is the only pitcher in MLB history to throw back-to-back no-hitters. The first came against the Boston Bees on June 11, 1938, the second against the Dodgers on June 15.
Each team was allowed to designate up to two pitchers who would be permitted to throw spitballs. After the 1920 season, the use of the spitball was banned with the exception of a group of 17 existing spitballers, who became legacy spitballers and allowed to throw the pitch legally until they retired.
What is a 3 pitch inning called? ›
One such rarity is the immaculate inning. You've probably heard of it -- an immaculate inning is when a pitcher strikes out all three batters in an inning, on three pitches each.What is the longest at bat in MLB history? ›
- Brandon Belt, 1B, SF vs. Jaime Barria, RHP, LAA. April 22, 2018: 21 pitches, flyout. ...
- Ricky Gutierrez, SS, HOU vs. Bartolo Colon, RHP, CLE. June 26, 1998: 20 pitches, strikeout swinging.
Contents. Without that Monday in October, Don Larsen is an 81-91 pitcher with 14 big league seasons to his credit. But on Oct. 8, 1956, Larsen carved his name into the American sports landscape by pitching the first perfect game in postseason history.How rare is a perfect game? ›
The perfect game — 27 up, 27 down — is the rarest of baseball feats. There have been only 23 of them in major league history, with the first two coming in 1880.Who pitched the longest perfect game? ›
Games that last fewer than nine innings, regardless of cause, in which a team has no baserunners do not qualify as perfect games.Has any catcher caught 2 perfect games? ›
Hassey is notable for being the only catcher in MLB history to have caught more than one perfect game (the first with Len Barker in 1981 and his second with Dennis Martínez in 1991).What is the lowest pitch perfect game? ›
What is the lowest pitch count in a perfect game? The lowest pitch count in a perfect game is 74 pitches by Addie Joss of the Cleveland Guardians (then known as the Cleveland Naps) on October 2, 1908, against the Chicago White Sox.Has a team ever been no-hit in back to back games? ›
Johnny Vander Meer threw back-to-back no-hitters in 1938. On Saturday, June 11, 1938, 78 years ago today, the Cincinnati Reds' Johnny Vander Meer no-hit the Boston Bees at home at Crosley Field.How many no-hitters have there been in Major League Baseball? ›
Through November 2, 2022, there have been 318 no-hitters officially recognized by Major League Baseball (MLB); the first 43 in the pre-modern era (before the formation of the American League in 1901) and the balance in the modern era.
Who pitched the only no-hit game in World Series history? ›
There have only been two postseason no-hitters in baseball's long and glorious history: Roy Halladay -- who shut down the Reds in Game 1 of the 2010 NLDS -- and Don Larsen, who hurled a perfect game against the Dodgers in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series.Can a perfect game have an error? ›
A perfect game is a complete game pitched without a runner reaching base either by hit, base-on-balls, or error. It is one of the rarest feats in baseball and a subset of no-hitters.Has there ever been a 2 player hit for the same game? ›
No player has ever hit for the cycle in the MLB All-Star Game. One MLB player has hit for the cycle in a postseason game: Brock Holt of the Boston Red Sox in Game 3 of the 2018 ALDS. Two players have hit for the cycle on the same day once in NPB history; this has occurred twice in MLB history.What is the biggest comeback in MLB postseason history? ›
- 8 RUNS.
- A's, 1929 World Series Game 4. Down 8-0 in 7th, beat Cubs 10-8.
- 7 RUNS.
- Mariners, 2022 AL Wild Card Series Game 2. Down 8-1 in 6th, beat Blue Jays 10-9.
- Red Sox, 2008 ALCS Game 5. ...
- 6 RUNS.
- Cardinals, 2012 NLDS Game 5. ...
- Yankees, 1996 World Series Game 4.
The Seattle Mariners are the only current MLB franchise that has never appeared in a World Series; the San Diego Padres, Colorado Rockies, Texas Rangers, Tampa Bay Rays, and Milwaukee Brewers have all played in the Series but have never won it.Has anyone pitched a no-hitter and lost? ›
The winning run was scored by Pete Rose in the top of the ninth inning via an error, groundout, and another error. On April 30, 1967, Steve Barber and Stu Miller of the Baltimore Orioles pitched a combined no-hitter, but lost 2–1 to the Detroit Tigers.Can you pitch a perfect game and lose? ›
No, a pitcher cannot lose a 9-inning perfect game. However, if the game goes into extra innings and the perfect game is lost, then the pitcher does not get credit for the perfect game that happened in the first 9 innings. The pitcher must finish the entire game to be awarded a perfect game.What MLB player never missed a game? ›
Calvin Edwin Ripken Jr.
Ripken holds the record for consecutive games played (2,632), having surpassed Lou Gehrig's streak of 2,130 that had stood for 56 years and that many deemed unbreakable.
Jack Stivetts threw the first no-hitter in Braves history on August 6, 1892; the most recent no-hitter was thrown by Kent Mercker on April 8, 1994. Two left-handed pitchers have thrown no-hitters in franchise history while eleven were by right-handers.
Who threw the only perfect game in the World Series? ›
Contents. Without that Monday in October, Don Larsen is an 81-91 pitcher with 14 big league seasons to his credit. But on Oct. 8, 1956, Larsen carved his name into the American sports landscape by pitching the first perfect game in postseason history.