Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series is a priceless moment in Yankees history – but uniform from that day has a price, and it’s more than three-quarters of a million dollars.
On Thursday, Steiner Sports revealed that Larsen’s pinstriped No. 18 uniform from Game 5 of the 1956 Fall Classic sold for a total sum of $756,000 in an online auction at SteinerSports.com.
The uniform received a total of 22 bids in the online auction, and according to the AP, the winning bid came from GottaHaveIt.com CEO Pete Siegel, who plans to display the duds as the centerpiece of a collection of Yankees memorabilia that his company has been building.
The final winning bid for the uniform was $630,000, with a 20 percent buyer’s fee pushing the total just north of $750K. Steiner Sports had projected that the uniform could sell for as much as $2 million, but the final tally is still quite a haul for the one-of-a-kind item, which Larsen said he was auctioning off the uniform to pay for his grandchildren’s education.
Larsen’s Game 5 performance remains the only Perfect Game in World Series history, and more than a half-century later, the image of catcher Yogi Berra leaping into Larsen’s arms after the final out remains one of baseball’s most iconic.