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Exhibition Baseball Americana

Official Program: Yankees—Dodgers 1956 World Series, 1956. Courtesy of L. Stanley Elsas (092.01.00)
World Series ticket, 1956. Courtesy of L. Stanley Elsas (092.02.00)

A Perfect Game

When Yankees journeyman pitcher Don Larsen hurled the only perfect game in World Series play, Stanley Elsas of Birmingham, Alabama, happened to catch the historic event while in New York City on business. His program and ticket from Game 5, October 8, 1956, were treasured family heirlooms passed from father to son to son-in-law. The program cover features Yankees manager Casey Stengel, top, and Brooklyn Dodgers skipper Walter Alston; the interior is replete with advertisements for cigarettes and alcoholic beverages.