PG Archive: Haddix retires 36, loses, 2-0
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MILWAUKEE, May 26 - The little southpaw sat in front of his locker in the Pirate clubhouse. He was surrounded by the inquisitive members of the press.
"Joe hit a high slider," Harvey Haddix said. He made this statement while many other Bucs sat around the clubhouse bewildered. How could a fellow pitch so well and lose?
"It was a damn shame," Danny Murtaugh remarked. The manager had walked out of the dugout when the game ended on Adcock's over-the-fence double and shook the hand of Haddix, patting on the back for a fine job.
Small consolation though.
"I thought I had fine control all night," Harvey said. "I made a few bad pitches. The one to Adcock has to go down as a bad pitch.
"There were a few others, I don't remember when or what they were.
"Sure I knew I had the no hitter. Now and then I would look at the scoreboard to see what the count was on the hitter. I had to see that zero back of the Braves.
"I didn't know about the perfect game though. I thought that maybe back there in the early innings I had walked a man."
"How do I feel about it? It's just another loss and that's not good for the club or myself.
"I just wanted to keep them from scoring that's all I was interested in. But we just didn't get that run I needed.
"I was pitching Adcock about the same way all night and that last time didn't get away with it. The slider was high and we lost."
Fred James in the Brave clubhouse said, "That's the greatest game I've ever seen pitched."
Smoky Burgess thought that Umpire Vinnie Smith had missed a pitch on Mantilla in the 13th inning. "We had him struck out," Smoky stated.
Haddix said he had tired in the last few innings. He turned to one reporter and said:
"I came close once before to a no-hitter. That was with the Cardinals in 1954. I went into the ninth and had one out to go against the Phils when Richie Ashburn got a hit. An I think Gran Hammer got another but I won that game."
The tired feeling that Haddix spoke of arrived in the tenth when pinchhitter Del Rice and Ed Mathews both sent Bill Virdon to the edge of the cinder patch for fly balls. And in the 11th Del Crandall hit probably the hardest ball of the game, a line drive right at Virdon in center.
But for nine innings, only a line drive by Johnny Logan in the third was hard hit. It was a high drive, which Dick Schofield grabbed above his head.
And so history is pitching was written, but on a sorry note for the 155 pound, 33-year-old Pirate lefthander.
First Published May 25, 2009 12:00 am