Sankey: Harvey Haddix pitched the perfect game that became imperfect

From Jim Sankey at Allied News on June 5, 2019:

If you just qualified for Medicare, that means you were probably in kindergarten when Pirates lefthander Harvey Haddix threw just 115 pitches in a 12-inning perfect game.

In his 14-year career, Haddix posted a 136-113 record with 1,575 strikeouts, a 3.63 ERA, 99 complete games, 21 shutouts, 21 saves, and 2,235 innings pitched in 453 games.

According to Bill Mazeroski, Haddix was involved in the second baseman’s two top baseball memories: Haddix was the winning pitcher in game 7 of the 1960 World Series, won 10-9 on Maz’s game-winning home run in the ninth inning. In all, Haddix won two of the four games that lifted the Pirates to baseball’s pinnacle.

The other memory, Maz said, was the Pirates’ 1-0 loss to the Braves on May 26, 1959, when the Bucs’ southpaw threw what “Sports Illustrated” called “the single best game ever thrown.”

It was a game Haddix almost missed.

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Originally published: June 6, 2019. Last Updated: June 6, 2019.