October 8, 1956: Don Larsen’s perfect game and baseball on TV in Cuba

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My late father used to say: “Yo lo vi en Cuba”. In other words, he watched the baseball game on TV in Cuba. My guess is that many of your fathers or grandfathers said the same thing.

On this day in 1956, Don Larsen pitched the only perfect game in World Series history. It was an afternoon game and my late father remembers watching a lot of World Series games down in Cuba.

Larsen shut down a great Brooklyn Dodgers’ team that included future Hall of Famers Roy Campanella, Pee Wee Reese, Jackie Robinson and Duke Snider, along with power hitter Gil Hodges.

The game ended on a called strike 3 on Dale Mitchell.

Larsen played a few more years and was eventually traded to the Kansas City A’s. He retired with a 81-91 record.

Again, a lot of our fathers and grandfathers caught these games in Cuba.

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