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Don Larsen's 1956 World Series Game: Life.com Offers Never-Before-Seen Shots (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 10/09/11 03:05 AM ET   Updated: 12/08/11 05:12 AM ET

On Oct. 8, 1956, Don Larsen pitched a perfect no-hitter game during the 1956 World Series. In honor of Larsen's Game 5 heroics, Life.com has released some rare, never-before-seen photographs from Yankee Stadium that day.

Take a trip down memory lane through the amazing full gallery here.

Enjoy a selection of photographs from the gallery below. All images and captions are courtesy of Life.com.

Don Larsen, Yankee Stadium, Oct. 8, 1956
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In the long, long history of professional baseball, across tens of thousands of games, there have been fewer than 300 no-hitters. Perfect games, in which no batter even reaches first base, are even rarer: fewer than 20 in the past 100 years. And with the exception of one man, the Yankees' Don Larsen, no one has ever thrown a no-hitter in a World Series. Here, on the 55th anniversary of Larsen's perfect game -- a feat made all the more extraordinary in light of his otherwise unspectacular career -- LIFE.com presents rare and previously unpublished photographs from the "perfecto," as well as from the hours and days afterward, when Larsen suddenly found himself -- unexpectedly, thrillingly -- the most famous and celebrated ballplayer in the world.
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