Hard-Luck Harvey Haddix and the Greatest Game Ever Lost

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About the Book

He pitched a baseball game that was more than perfect, and yet he lost. Southpaw Harvey Haddix had logged a solid but unspectacular career by the time he took the mound on May 26, 1959. Facing the Milwaukee Braves, he set down the first 36 batters in a row, or 12 innings’ worth—a perfect game three innings longer than the norm. But his Pittsburgh Pirates couldn’t score, either, and Haddix lost in the 13th inning on a controversial play. This book recounts Haddix’s one-of-a-kind performance and describes the official decisions that changed the historical record.

About the Author(s)

Lew Freedman is a long-time, prize-winning journalist for such newspapers as the Philadelphia Inquirer, Chicago Tribune and Anchorage Daily News. The author of numerous baseball books, he lives in Columbus, Indiana.

Bibliographic Details

Lew Freedman
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 218
Bibliographic Info: 10 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2009
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4124-2
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5419-8
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Introduction      1

1. All Pitchers Should Be So Sick      5

2. Bad Baseball      12

3. First Inning      19

4. Harvey      27

5. Second Inning      33

6. The Worthy Opposition      38

7. Third Inning      44

8. Pittsburgh      49

9. Fourth Inning      54

10. Branch Rickey      59

11. Fifth Inning      65

12. A Prince of a Guy      70

13. Sixth Inning      76

14. Speaking Spanish      82

15. Seventh Inning      90

16. The Boss      96

17. Eighth Inning      102

18. Ninth Inning      107

19. Tenth Inning      114

20. Eleventh Inning      120

21. Twelfth Inning      127

22. Thirteenth Inning      135

23. Aftermath      146

24. The 1959 Season 155i

25. The Year All Pittsburgh Went Crazy      162

26. Waxing Eloquent Over Haddix      171

27. Life After Imperfection      179

28. Upon Further Review      184

Box Score: Milwaukee 1, Pittsburgh 0      189

Chapter Notes      193

Bibliography      203

Index      205

Book Reviews & Awards

“If you want an illumination of one baseball’s most magical games, Freedman serves up a winner in detailing the ‘greatest game ever lost.’”—Baseball Happenings.