Haddix, who threw 12 perfect innings, traded to the Pirates 57 years ago today

Harvey Haddix
Harvey Haddix
Harvey Haddix, who threw 12 perfect innings for Pittsburgh in 1959 only to lose in the 13th, was traded to the Pirates 57 years ago today.

On January 30, 1959, the Cincinnati Reds sent Haddix, catcher Smoky Burgess and third baseman Don Hoak to the Pirates for third baseman Frank Thomas, right-handed pitcher Whammy Douglas, outfielder Johnny Powers and utility player Jim Pendleton.

On May 26, 1959, in 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 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, an indie rock group featuring R.E.M alums Peter Buck and Mike Mills, guitarist Scott McCaughey, drummer Linda Pitmon and guitarist Steve Wynn of the Dream Syndicate. Listen and see if you agree that we should “add ‘ol Harvey to that list.”

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