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From BR Bullpen
Harvey Haddix Jr. (Kitten)
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 5' 9½", Weight 170 lb.
- Debut August 20, 1952
- Final Game August 28, 1965
- Born September 18, 1925 in Medway, OH USA
- Died January 8, 1994 in Springfield, OH USA
 Biographical Information
Harvey Haddix, famous for pitching 12 perfect innings in a game, had a 14-year major league career, winning in double figures for three different National League teams. He went 20-9 for the 1953 St. Louis Cardinals and was second in the 1953 National League Rookie of the Year voting, and later was a hero in the 1960 World Series, winning Game 5 and Game 7.
Harvey pitched what The Pitcher calls the "greatest game ever pitched" May 26, 1959 when he threw 12 perfect innings against the Milwaukee Braves before losing the game in the 13th inning. He gave up a three-run homer in the 13th inning, but the jubilant Braves messed up running the bases and the score was changed from 3 to 0 to 2 to 0. Next day, the score was changed again, to 1 to 0, the home run being changed to a ground rule double, due to the errant base running of the Braves. The Milwaukee Braves were one of the better hitting teams of the era, with Hank Aaron, Eddie Mathews, Del Crandall, Frank Torre (Joe's brother), and Red Schoendienst, to name a few.
Harvey had an impressive minor league career, going 61-33.
Haddix major league career was delayed when he missed the 1951 season due to military service. After his playing career ended, Haddix was a New York Mets coach in 1966 and 1967. He coached the Columbus Jets at the beginning of 1968, then moved to the GCL Pirates as coach when the Gulf Coast League season started. Haddix was a member of the Cincinnati Reds staff in 1969 and a Boston Red Sox coach in 1971. From 1975 to 1978, he was a member of the Cleveland Indians staff, and the next six season, Haddix was a Pittsburgh Pirates coach.
 Notable Achievements
- 3-time NL All-Star (1953-1955)
- 3-time NL Gold Glove Winner (1958-1960)
- NL Shutouts Leader (1953)
- 15 Win Seasons: 2 (1953 & 1954)
- 20 Win Seasons: 1 (1953)
- 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 5 (1953-1956 & 1959)
- Won a World Series with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1960
 Further Reading
- Lew Freedman: Hard-Luck Harvey Haddix and the Greatest Game Ever Lost, McFarland, Jefferson, NC, 2009.