Perfect by Lew Paper
Don Larsen's Miraculous World Series Game and the Men Who Made it Happen

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"If you want to live inside the most famous statistical afternoon in baseball history, Perfect is...well, let's just say 'ideal'."
-Chuck Closterman, Esquire

On October 8, 1956, New York Yankees pitcher Don Larsen took the mound for game five of the World Series against the rival Brooklyn Dodgers. In an improbable performance that the New York Times called "the greatest moment in the history of the Fall Classic," Larsen, an otherwise mediocre journeyman pitcher, retired twenty-seven straight Dodger batters to clinch a perfect game and, to date, the only postseason no-hitter ever witnessed in major league baseball. Here, Lew Paper delivers a masterful pitch-by-pitch account of that fateful day and the extraordinary lives of the players on the field- seven of whom would later be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Meticulously researched and relying on dozens of interviews, Paper's gripping narrative recreates Larsen's feat in a pitching duel that featured legendary figures such as Mickey Mantle, Jackie Robinson, Yogi Berra, and Roy Campanella.

More than just the story of a single game, Perfect is a window into baseball's glorious past.


About Lew Paper

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Lew Paper is the author of four previous books, including John F. Kennedy: The Promise and the Performance and Empire: William S. Paley and the Making of CBS. He currently practices law in Washington, D.C. Author website:
Published August 29, 2009 by NAL. 432 pages
Genres: History, Sports & Outdoors, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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Bianca has a husband called Patrick who has some dead-easy City job, three perfect children and a country house for weekends.

Jun 20 2014 | Read Full Review of Perfect: Don Larsen's Miracul...


(Joyce’s description of the English countryside, so rich a part of her first novel, is as masterful here.) Unable to confide to his parents exactly what he has witnessed Byron tells his friend James and the two boys form a plan to save Diana.

Jul 12 2013 | Read Full Review of Perfect: Don Larsen's Miracul...


Paper's just-released Perfect: Don Larsen's Miraculous World Series Game and the Men Who Made It Happen (NAL, $25) is as deep as any man can go into a baseball game that lasted only two hours and six minutes.

Sep 29 2009 | Read Full Review of Perfect: Don Larsen's Miracul...

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