The greatest game ever
MAY 26, 1959 –
What a shame!
Harvey Haddix of the
Pittsburgh Pirates took a perfect game against the Braves into the 13th
inning on this date in baseball history. Before the inning was over he lost the
perfect game, the no-hitter and the contest, 1-0. Talk about records that may
never be broken, Haddix pitched a perfect game for 12 innings! No one had ever
done more than 9.
Haddix lost the perfecto when
Pittsburgh’s 3rd baseman
Don Hoak committed an error. He lost
the no-hitter when
doubled. He lost the game when
Mantilla scored from second on Adcock’s double, and the run wasn’t even
earned. The game went 13 innings, but only took 2 hours and 54 minutes. Of
course there wasn’t a whole lot of scoring and no pitching changes.
Did you know that the Pirates had 12 hits that night,
including one by Haddix himself, but they couldn’t muster a single run for the
guy on the mound.
There was another interesting thing that happened that night,
Eddie Matthews laid
down a sacrifice bunt in the 13th inning to get Mantilla to second. When's the
last time you saw a slugger (he hit over 500 home runs) lay down a sacrifice
bunt - successfully at that!
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