Sunday, April 22, 2012

36 up, 36 down, and still lost 4/22/12

Hey Guys!

In honor of Philip Humber pitching a perfecto yesterday, I want to blog about a very strange ALMOST-perfect game. I'll talk about the Orioles next time:

Harvey Haddix, of the Pittsburgh Pirates, was nothing special, but on one day, he happened to just be a pitcher who pitched a perfect game through 12 innings, but gave it up in the 13th. It was May 26th, 1959, Pirates vs. Braves. Haddix was pitching masterfully through 9 innings, not giving up a hit, walk, or error. However, the opposing pitcher, Lew Burdette, held the Pirates scoreless through nine, too. So into extras it went, tied 0-0. After 12 innings, still tied 0-0, and still, Haddix was pitching a perfect game. In the bottom of the 13th, an error by Don Hoak of the Pirates allowed Felix Mantilla to reach first, ending the perfect game, but the no-hitter was still in tact.  After a sacrifice bunt and an intentional walk to Hank Aaron, Joe Adcock hit an apparent home run, ending the no-hitter and the game. However, in all the confusion, Aaron left the base paths and was passed by Adcock for the second out and the Braves won 2-0. Eventually, the hit was changed to a double by the ruling of NL president, Warren Giles; only Mantilla's run counted, for a final score of 1-0, but Haddix still lostAlthough Haddix lost, it is considered by many to be the best pitching performance ever.


  1. Great moment in all about the replay in an upcoming book entitled GeorgeAnn Baseball. Here's the first and second chapters. Enjoy!


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