It’s far too often that an ardent “fan” will spin the yarn of a historic sporting event and punctuate the tale with “I was there!” Well, in the matter of Don Larsen’s 1956 World Series Game 5 pitching gem, here are some souvenirs acquired and preserved by someone who was there! Includes:
Yankee Stadium Ticket Stub: issued in the Bronx on October 8, 1956 for Larsen’s perfecto, this “UPPER STAND” voucher features printed seating/event details, as well as Yankees “Top Hat” logos. The item presents (VG) with minor edge wear and a crease along the uneven admission tear. In addition to its value regarding the first and only perfect game in Fall Classic history, this keepsake holds added appeal in the game’s status as one in which Mickey Mantle launched one of his World Series record 18 home runs.
Program: issued at Yankee Stadium, the 48-page guide is complete with covers/pages intact and scoring grids marked in pencil to document Larsen’s perfect game and Mantle’s round-tripper. The guide is free of creases or compacting folds found on the vast majority of stadium-issued publications from this era., There are minor instances of age-induced foxing.
(2) Newspapers: October 9, 1956 issues of: New York World Telegram (entire paper); and New York Herald Tribune (sports section)