On the heels of the Babe Ruth uniform selling for a record $4.4 million, Don Larsen’s game worn uniform from the only perfect game in World Series history is coming to auction. Larsen, now 82, has consigned the uniform to New York based Steiner Sports Marketing. The auction will take place for 56 days (to commemorate the feat that was accomplished in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series and the 56th anniversary of the game)– tentatively October 8 to December 2.
The uniform, which Larsen loaned to the San Diego Hall of Champions around 1961, has been on display in a glass enclosed case and according to Steiner, remains in the same condition as it was the day Yogi Berra jumped into Larsen’s arms following the history-making game at Yankee Stadium (see for yourself below–and yes, that’s Vin Scully calling the game).
Larsen decided earlier this year that he wanted to sell the uniform to pay for his grandchildren’s college education.
“The fact that this uniform was so well preserved is incredible,” said CEO Brandon Steiner.
In 2010, the jersey worn by Berra during the perfect game was auctioned for $565,000 and is currently on loan to the Yogi Berra Museum by Dr. Richard Angrist of New Jersey.
The New York Times spoke with Larsen about his decision to sell.