Films on Friday: Harvey Haddix

Harvey Haddix with the Cardinals in 1953 (photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

Sunday marks the 60th anniversary of the game in which Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Harvey Haddix took a perfect game into the 13th inning against the Milwaukee Braves. He’d retired 13 consecutive Braves in 12 innings, but the Braves pitcher Lew Burdette also had allowed no runs. Unfortunately, a fielding error by the third baseman in the bottom of the 13th allowed the first Braves batter to reach base. After a sacrifice bunt and an intentional walk (to none other than Hank Aaron), Haddix allowed a hit that resulted in the Braves winning 2-0. Despite the loss, the game has been called “The Greatest Game Ever Pitched.”

Haddix was signed by the Cardinals in 1947 and made his Major League debut in 1952. He also  played for the Philadelphia Phillies (1956-57), Cincinnati Redlegs (1958), Pittsburgh Pirates (1959-63), and Baltimore Orioles (1964-65).

Haddix’ feat was immortalized by the Baseball Project in what is one of the greatest songs ever written. Check out the song out below from Soundcloud and a video of the Baseball Project performing it a few years ago.

~ baseballrebecca