In 1956， the New York Yankees faced their cross-town rivals， the Brooklyn Dodgers， in the World Series. By Game 5， the Yanks had tied the series and had Don Larsen——a solid but unremarkable pitcher with a lifetime record of 30 wins and 40 losses——on the mound. Larsen had pitched awfully in Game 2， causing the Yankees to lose 13 to 8. But his luck was about to change. As he faced one batter after another， Larson retired all 27 Dodgers in succession——striking out seven. Only Pee Wee Reese managed to run the count to three balls. Finally， he ended the 2 to 0 victory by striking out pinch-hitter Dale Mitchell. Larsen had done the unthinkable， pitching the first——and still the only——perfect game in the World Series.