Harvey Haddix was a pretty good major league pitcher but on this day in 1959 he would pitch the greatest game anyone has ever pitched and he would end up losing the game 1-0. Harvey Haddix pitching for the Pittsburgh Pirates at the Milwaukee Braves pitched 12 perfect innings. 36 men went up to bat and 36 men down. The score after 12 innings was scoreless. Lew Burdette pitching for the Braves was on that night also. In the bottom of the 13th Pirate third baseman Don “Tiger” Hoak made an error ending the perfect game. Then with one out Henry Aaron walked. Joe Adcock then got the first hit of the game- a home run-but in the confusion Henry Aaron left the base path and Adcock passed him. It was ruled a double and the final score Braves 1 Pirates 0. What a great game Harvey Haddix pitched. No one has come close to matching that night- and yet Haddix was the losing pitcher.
This would never happen today- a pitcher going into the 13th inning with a perfect game. The pitchers are much too fragile today. After 9 innings I am sure the starting pitcher would be removed from the game.