Friday, May 06, 2011

Box score of the week

For the second straight week, I am featuring a regular season game from the 1959 season. This time it's a matchup pitting the Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Braves.


Pirates pitcher Harvey Haddix had a perfect game through 12 innings in this game against the Braves. However, the score was tied at 0-0 going into the bottom of the 13th inning. A fielding error by Don Hoak ended the perfect game in the bottom of the 13th, with the leadoff batter for Milwaukee, Felix Mantilla, being safe at first base. Mantilla later advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt, which was followed by an intentional walk to Hank Aaron. Joe Adcock then hit an apparent home run, ending the no-hitter and the game. However, in the confusion, Aaron left the basepaths and was passed by Adcock for the second out and the Braves won 2-0. Eventually the hit was changed from a home run to a double by a ruling from National League president Warren Giles; only Mantilla's run counted, for a score of 1-0, but the Pirates and Haddix still lost. "I could have put a cup on either corner of the plate and hit it," Haddix said about that game.


1 comment:

Mr. D said...

That's an easy one for a change. Harvey Haddix throws a perfect game into extra innings but loses it to Joe Adcock, who homers but only gets a double because he passes another Brave on the basepath.