Haddix’s 12 perfect innings, 56 years ago today

Today is the 56th anniversary of baseball’s greatest pitching performance.

On May 26, 1959, in Harvey Haddix’s first season with the Pirates, the Medway, Ohio southpaw retired 36 Milwaukee Braves batters for a perfect game through 12 innings, but his team couldn’t score. Haddix lost the perfect game when Don Hoak threw a routine grounder in the dirt, then lost the no-hitter and the game when Joe Adcock launched a ball over the right-center field fence.

Haddix was later immortalized by The Baseball Project, which sang, “Why don’t we add ‘ol Harvey to the list?”