The Indiana native had been knocked out in the second inning of his previous start, a Game 2 debacle that saw Larsen walk four batters and the Dodgers take a 2-0 lead in the series. Three days later, Larsen faced 27 hitters and retired them all en route to a 2-0 victory. The Yankees went on to win in seven games, and Larsen was named the World Series MVP.
So what does he remember about that day? Did he feel like he had no-hit stuff?
"Not really. I felt good," said Larsen, a two-time World Series champion. "It was a nice, beautiful day in the World Series. It worked out pretty nice. I never had a bit of control in all my life. And [having it] was probably the secret of my success that day."
Larsen said he didn't watch Halladay's victory, which gave Philadelphia a 1-0 edge over Cincinnati in the NLDS. He heard about it on the news when he got home, and he admitted to being caught by surprise. But when he began to turn it over in his mind, Larsen started to realize that he and Halladay might have had some similarities between their big events.
"I had a good slider, and I could throw hard," Larsen said. "But I think the most important thing for a pitcher to do is to have some nice control, to throw the ball approximately where the catcher would like to have it. In our day, we played a lot of series with the other clubs and we got to know them pretty well. ... And the catcher can really help you out. He knows the batters, and he faces them all the time, [he knows] the different stances they have. The catcher is probably the greatest asset a pitcher can have."
Larsen, of course, had a Hall of Famer behind the plate for his perfect game, Yogi Berra.
Larsen, 81, has gone five decades as the only member of a hallowed group, but he's more than happy to make room for Halladay. When asked what he would say to Halladay if they ever met, Larsen provided a hearty welcome.
"I would congratulate him on a nice day," Larsen said. "We work pretty hard to do something like this. These things come unexpected a lot of times, but they're welcome. I'll tell you that, and I'm glad I was a part of mine."