Former New York Yankees pitcher Don Larsen died this month at age 90. His career was unremarkable (W/L 81-91; ERA 3.78) except for one achievement: Larsen pitched a perfect game in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers. Not one Dodger reached first base. Only 23 perfect games have been recorded in major league history, and there has been only one in a World Series. Larsen reportedly auctioned off his uniform worn in the game to help pay for his two grandsons’ education.
Singer-Songwriter Neil Diamond turned 79 this past week. He was known for his pop songs Solitary Man, Sweet Caroline, I’m a Believer, Shiloh, Holly Holy, and many others from the late ’60s and ’70s. Songs that are still played and covered today.
Shock-Jock Don Imus died last week. CBS and MSNBC fired him in 2007 for inappropriately mocking the Rutgers University women’s basketball team, not that such mockery was out of character. He found public figures or all persuasions to mock. But some are off-limits. Never listened to him myself.