Archive for October 8th, 2021


Remembering San Diegans who passed in 2020 - The San Diego Union-Tribune


On Oct. 8, 1956, Don Larsen of the New York Yankees (above) threw
the only perfect game in World Series history. “I was so happy. I felt
like crying,” he tells reporters after New York’s 2-0 win in Game 5
over the Brooklyn Dodgers. The Yankees went on to win the World
Series in seven games.

By 1956, Larsen had pitched for three teams in four seasons, the
low point being his 3-21 won-loss record with the lowly Baltimore
Orioles in 1954. Although he settled down in New York—he was a
combined 20-7 in 1955 and 1956—Larsen did not pitch well in
Game 2 of the 1956 Series. In the second inning at Ebbets Field,
the Dodgers knocked Larsen from the game in their 13-8 win.

Larsen didn’t know he would start Game 5 three days later until he
found a fresh baseball in one of his cleats in the locker room—that
was Yankees manager Casey Stengel’s way of telling a pitcher
that it was his day to pitch.

Don Larsen's perfect game - Wikipedia

MLB World Series Legend Don Larsen Dead At 90
Don James Larsen (August 7, 1929 – January 1, 2020)

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On October 8, 1871, flames sparked in the Chicago barn of Patrick
and Catherine O’Leary, igniting a
two-day blaze that kills between
200 and 300 people, destroys 17,450 buildings, leaves 100,000
homeless and causes an estimated $200 million (in 1871 dollars;
roughly $4 billion in 2021 dollars) in damages.

Legend has it that a cow kicked over a lantern in the O’Leary barn
and started the fire, but other theories hold that humans or even a
comet may have been responsible for the event that left four square
miles of the Windy City, including its business district, in ruins.

Dry weather and an abundance of wooden buildings, streets and
sidewalks made Chicago vulnerable to fire. The city averaged two
fires per day in 1870; there were 20 fires throughout Chicago the
week before the Great Fire of 1871.


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