Don Larsen (born August 7, 1929) was a legendary American baseball player which played for Yankees. In the world series of 1956, he threw a perfect game Brooklyn Dodgers. Recently he died on 1st January 2020 at the age of 90 years. Before death, he was living in Hayden Idaho.
Death Cause: Esophageal Cancer
The only player to throw a perfect game in a world series died on Wednesday (January 1, 2020). According to my research, he was suffering from Esophageal cancer.
After his death, many celebrities and star players showed their grief through Tweets. Don Larsen was 90 years old when he left this world.
Early Life, Parents, SIblings & Profile
The famous player was born in the city of Michigan in the year 1929 (age 90 years old, as in 2019). He belonged to a Christian family. Only a few people know his full real name is Donald James Larsen.
As we came to know from some magazines Don’s parents used to work in a supermarket. The name his father is James Larsen and his mother is Charlotte Larsen.
He did his school studies from a school named Point Loma High School in San Diego, California. During school, he was a very good basketball player. He even won many scholarships from different colleges for his skills in basketball.
Once he was baseball and his skills caught the eyes of St. Louis who was Brown’s scout. He got signed for Brown’s minor team. He even got fees of $ 850 USD for playing. In one of his statements, he said he had not studied much in college.
As he grew up he started earning and according to some trusted sources we came to know that he used to throw a party every year on 7 August on the occasion of his birthday.
Physical Statistics, Appearance & How tall?
The famous player Don used to be very tall and handsome during the young days. Don Larsen’s 6 feet 4 inches tall height helped him very much in his game. His weight is measured at around 97 kg (215 lbs).
He used to practice daily for his game and because of this he has developed a very muscular and fit body.
Along with his great body measurements, he even used to look great with his deep blue eyes and dark brown hairs.
Personal Life, Girlfriend, Spouse & Children
He used to love nightlife that is why he did not want to get entangled in the relationships. But he had many girlfriends as he was the star player of that time.
In the year 1955 Don Larsen married a call operator named Vivian. This marriage happened they got into a very intimate relationship and the lady got pregnant. After she got pregnant he thought it is the right time to get married.
But in the year 1957, he divorced her and married another woman named Corrine Bruess. Don met her during a flight and Corrine was a flight attendant before marriage.
After he traveled in the flight they started dating each other and on 7 December 1957, he married Corrine. After their marriage, he got blessed with a boy and they named him Scott.
He has seen many ups and downs in his relationships. Larsen used to live a very lavish life and spent recklessly which is why he even had to take advances from his team manager.
Some Lesser Known Facts about Don Larsen
|Real Full Birth Name||Don James Larsen.|
|Age (As of 2019)||90 years old.|
|Date of Birth (DOB), Birthday||August 7, 1929.|
|Birthplace/Hometown||Michigan City, Indiana, United States of America.
|Sexuality (Gay or Lesbian)||Straight.|
|Sun Sign (Zodiac Birth Sign)||Leo.|
|House Location||Idaho, US.|
|Height (Tall)||Feet & Inches: 6'4".
Centimeters: 193 cm.
Meters: 1.93 m.
|Weight||Kilograms: 97 Kg.
Pounds: 215 lbs.
|Shoe Size (UK)||11.|
|Hair Color||Dark Brown.|
|Parents||Father: James Larsen.
Mother: Charlotte Larsen.
|Personal Life Relationship|
|Wife||1. Vivian (1955-1957).
2. Corrine (1957- Present).
|Highest Qualification||College Degree Completed.|
|School||Point Loma High School, San Diego, America.
|Debut in MLB||17 April 1953.
|Favorite games||Basketball & Baseball.|
|Teams in which he played||1. St. Louis Browns.
2. New York Yankees.
3. Kansas City Athletics.
4. Chicago White Sox.
5. San Francisco Giants.
6. Houston Colt .45's / Houston Astros.
7. Baltimore Orioles.
8. Chicago Cubs
|Awards||1. Perfect game pitcher on October 8, 1956.
2. No-hitter pitcher on October 8, 1956.
3. Post-season no-hitter pitcher on October 8, 1956.
4. World Series Most Valuable Player Award in the year 1956.
|Net worth||$17 million USD (As in 2019).|
Perfect Game, Career & Net worth
As we all know about him that he was one of the greatest players of Baseball. He was also the living player for St. Louis. After getting spotted he joined the junior team and showed his skills over there.
In the year 1953 on April 17, he made his career debut in MLB against Detroit Tigers. After 1 month of his debut, he won the first game against Philadelphia Athletics on May 12 of the same year.
After this, he played for New York Yankees for four years from 1955-1959. After this, he played many matches and won many games for his team. As I have researched, I found that Don Larsen had a net worth of about $17 million USD, as in 2020.
When he was playing in the team New York Yankees against Brooklyn Dodgers in 1956, he gave his level best. In that match, the opponent team was not even able to make a single hit and it was a perfect game for the team.
It was one of the only 23 perfect games in the MLB history and the only one in World Series. He last appeared in an MLB game in 1967 in the month of July for Chicago Clubs.
After retirement, he did an office job for MLB and even worked for a liquor company. He started living in Hayden, Idaho.
- Don Larsen, when offered with college scholarships, rejected them.
- He auctioned his uniform which he wore in his 1956 perfect game.
- Larsen was a nightlife lover.
- He kept his marriage with Corrine because he wanted to pose himself before the public as a careless bachelor.
- As a Leo (Zodiac sign) he was a very confident and dedicated man towards his game.
- His love for nightlife and drinking habits made him pass through some harsh days also.
- Don Larsen died of Esophageal cancer.
- Larsen was very attached to his grandchildren.