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Flashback: Meeting of a Lifetime With Don Larsen

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(Editor’s note: In 2006, baseball great Don Larsen, who died Wednesday at age 90, visited Westport. Here’s how WestportNow reported the event: ) Westporter Donna Haupt tonight finally met her namesake, famed World Series perfect game pitcher Don Larsen almost 50 years after she was born. When Haupt’s parents attended the Yankees-Dodgers World Series game on Oct. 8, 1956, her mother went into labor. Her parents left Yankee Stadium before the end of the game and headed for Lenox Hill Hospital where at 6:58 p.m. she gave birth to a girl who they were going to name Melody but instead named Donna in honor of the historic athletic performance of Larsen. They met at Westport’s Legends of the Game sports memorabilia store on Post Road East where Larsen, 77, autographed baseball items. Haupt said the meeting fulfilled a lifetime wish. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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