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Roger Maris and Don Larsen: Home Run Record and Perfect Game Were Not Enough

New York Yankees finished third in 1959.

It was the first time since 1954 that the Yankees didn't win the pennant, but while the 1954 team won 103 games, the 1959 team finished a dismal third, 15 games behind the pennant-winning Chicago White Sox.

It was clear that the Yankees needed help. The Kansas City A's usually provided that help.

On Dec. 11, 1959, general manager George Weiss sent an aging Hank Bauer, promising youngsters Norm Seibern and Marv Throneberry, and the only pitcher to hurl a perfect World Series game, Don Larsen, to their Kansas City friends in exchange for Kent Hadley, Joe DeMaestri, and Roger Maris.

In 1957, the season following his perfect game, Larsen started only 20 games. He had a decent season, going ...

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