Was this the greatest game ever pitched in major league history? Many historians believe it was and The Sporting News ranked it one of the fifty greatest moments in baseball history. When it was all in the books, Harvey Haddix had become the first pitcher in major league history to take a perfect game beyond nine innings and he did so for twelve stunning innings.
County Stadium on May 26, 1959 / Traditional Box Score Style
Hitting & Fielding Notes
a- Dick Stuart
b- Del Rice
: Flied out for Mejias in 10th inning.
b : Flied out for O'Brien in 10th inning.
Double Plays : Logan-Adcock, Mathews-O'Brien-Adcock, Adcock-Logan.
Error : Hoak.
Left On Base : Pittsburgh 8, Milwaukee 1.
Sacrifice : Mathews.
Length of Game : 2:54.
Umpires : HP: Vinnie Smith, 1B: Frank Dascoli, 2B: Frank Secory, 3B: Hal Dixon.
Harvey Haddix "Near" Perfect Game Box Score
Don Hoak , who was charged with the error in the thirteenth inning, said before the game, "That was a pretty good run down (pre-game discussion). If you pitch that way, you'll have a no hitter."
After the game, Lew Burdette told the media, "I called Harvey that night in the visiting clubhouse. I told him 'I realize I got what I wanted, a win, but I'd really give it up because you pitched the greatest game that's ever been pitched in the history of baseball. It was a damned shame you had to lose.' "