The “Perfect Game” Project

Saturday, March 29th, 2008 | 2:24 pm and filed in Music, Friends.

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Don Larsen, retired pro baseball player, is noted in the record books for being the only pitcher to throw a no-hitter in a World Series. As the starting pitcher on the NY Yankees roster, Don pitched his “Perfect Game” against the Brooklyn Dodgers on October 8, 1956. You can read a bit more about Don and his historical game on Wikipedia. Anyhoo, Don is an old family friend and I have some great childhood memories of parties that my father organized with Don.

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Recently, Don and his wife were on one of his sports memorabilia tours, and stopped by to pay us a visit. They told me that they had a surprise for me but wouldn’t say anything specific. I thought it might be some photos they wanted digitized, but to my surprise, they brought a complete set of tapes from the radio broadcast of his world series game! Along with the tapes are a set of about thirty 12″ acetates, and an old 16mm reel of film. Besides the recording of the complete game, there’s a reel of interviews from the locker room after the game. Apparently no one else has a copy of this, and it hasn’t been heard since it originally aired in 1956.

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I’ve been asked to take on the project of transferring these 50-year-old tapes to a digital format for archival purposes and possibly develop a product for release. The details of copyrights and such have yet to be discussed, but it’s a cool project for the historical aspect alone. I haven’t touched the tapes yet. I’m seeking out the advice of experts who can analyze their condition and possibly clean and restore the moldy reels. let’s hope they will playback - fingers crossed!

One Response to “The “Perfect Game” Project”

  1. milerdiler Says:

    How cool! I remember meeting Don Larsen through Uncle John and Auntie Kaz at a function in Gilroy many years ago. I didn’t know what a “Perfect Game” was at the time, but he was a classy gentleman and I was impressed just to have met a pro. Reading about the Perfect Game later and hearing it discussed on ESPN, it really stands as one of baseball’s great gems. That would be a great addition to Cooperstown.

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