Yankees All Time Top Opening Day Pitchers

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Number Four: Don Larsen.

Like Johnson, Larsen had a record of 2-0 in opening day decisions. But his place in Yankee history earns him the fourth spot. He was a two time world series champion. But of even more importance is his perfect game in the 1956 World Series. Subsequently, he was named the 1956 World Series MVP. His embrace with Yogi Berra after the perfect game ranks as one of the most memorable Yankees moments.

Perhaps the most remarkable attribute Larsen showed was his humility. After his historical accomplishment he pointed to his contribution to the Yankee organization as his greatest satisfaction. ¨When it was over, I was so happy, I felt like crying. I wanted to win this one for Casey. After what I did in Brooklyn, he could have forgotten about me and who would blame him? But he gave me another chance and I’m grateful,¨ he said, also according to Baseball Almanac.

So Larsen´s dedication, and his 2-0 record for the Yankees on opening day earns him fourth place in our ranking.