PG Archive: Adcock Spoils No-hit Effort In Thirteenth

First published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on May 27, 1959

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Don Hoak's Error Breaks Spell; Pirates Collect Dozen Hits Off Burdette's Delivery

MILWAUKEE, May 26 -- Harvey Haddix made baseball history here tonight in County Stadium but lost a ball game, 2-0, in 13 innings to the Milwaukee Braves.

The little Buc southpaw, pitching magnificently, had a perfect game for 12 innings. No one in the major leagues had even ever gone over nine without an opponent reaching base.

The climax to the tense situation became a confusing one when Joe Adcock hit the ball over the fence and was credited with a double.

Previously four pitchers had worked perfectly through nine inning victories but none had gone longer.

The last was Don Larson of the Yankees with his 2-0 victory over the Dodgers in the 1956 World Series.

In the clubhouse the mighty little Buc southpaw said -- "all I wanted to all night long was to keep them from scoring."

And in the 13th inning the leadoff batter for the Braves reached base on a throwing error by Don Hoak. Hoak fielded a routine grounder by Felix Mantilla, fired low to first and Rocky Nelson failed on a pickup of the ball.

Eddie Mathews sacrificed and the Bucs passed Hank Aaron. Joe Adcock, who had XXXXX twice and grounded out two other times, hit what Haddix described as "a high slider," and it fell over the fence in right centerfield.

Eight for Burdette

In the joy of winning the eighth victory for Lew Burdette, Adcock passed Aaron between second and third bases and was ruled out, eliminating his homer. The umpires ruled that Mantilla's and Aaron's runs counted. One enough though.

Haddix, in reeling off his pitching masterpiece, fanned eight Braves and it wasn't until the 12th inning that he got behind a batter on the count. The first two pitches to Andy Palko were balls, then he retired the Braves outfield.

The Pirates with their 12 hits off Burdette, had numerous chances to win the ball game, but failed, as they suffered their third shutout of the season. That snapped a five game winning streak.

Twice Pirate pitchers of the past had hurled no hit games. Nick Maddox did it against Brooklyn on May 8, 1907 and Cliff Chambers in Boston with a 3-0 victory over the Braves on May 6, 1951.

Ward did it

Back in the early days of the National League a gent named John Ward pitched a perfect game. That was on June 17, 1880 before the present pitching distance of 60 feet, 6 inches.

The 19,194 fans stood in the ninth inning when Haddix walked off the mound and gave him a standing ovation. And in each inning thereafter they paid tribute to the brilliant pitching of the Buc lefty.

His was the eighth nine inning perfect game and the first time any pitcher had gone beyond the normal limit pitching perfectly.

Neither Haddix or Burdette walked a man and the Brave righty was able to get out of trouble on numerous occasions.

The Braves backed him with three double plays. Twice these were started by Adcock, only because there happened t be a runner on first base at the time. Otherwise the ball would have gone through for base-hits.

Until Adcock's belt over the fence in right, only 12 balls out of a possible 36, were handled in the Pirate outfield. Haddix had them hitting his pitch most of the night.


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