Last of the Browns

 

This Week in 1960s Baseball

(April 5, 1966) – The Baltimore Orioles today announced the release of pitcher Don Larsen.

Larsen was the last active major leaguer to have played for the St. Louis Browns. As a rookie in 1953, he posted a 7-12 record for the hapless franchise which lost 100 games in its final season in St. Louis.

Pitcher Don Larsen was the last major leaguer to have played for the St. Louis Browns. He is also the last – in fact, the only – pitcher to throw a perfect game in the World Series.

The next season, the Browns moved to Baltimore and became the Orioles. Larsen was 3-21 with a 4.37 ERA for the Orioles in 1954. He led the major leagues in losses that season.

Larsen was traded to the New York Yankees in 1955 and had his best seasons in New York. He was 9-2 as a starter and reliever for New York in 1955, and was 11-5 in that same role for the Yankees in 1956. He made two appearances in the 1956 World Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers, winning Game Five by the score of 2-0, pitching the only perfect game in World Series history.

Larsen compiled an 81-91 career record in 14 major league seasons with a career ERA of 3.78. He also pitched for the Kansas City Athletics, Chicago White Sox, San Francisco Giants and Houston Astros before returning to the Orioles in 1965, when he was 1-2 with a 2.67 ERA in 27 appearances. He made a three-game comeback with the Chicago Cubs in 1967.

Larsen finished his 14-year major league career with a record of 81-91 and a 3.78 ERA.

The Browns had been part of American League since 1902. The franchise started in 1901 as the Milwaukee Brewers and moved to St. Louis after the American League’s initial season.

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