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Biography of Harvey Haddix [Age, Height, Family, Wife, Children, Achievements & Net Worth]

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The sports world sure comes with a lot of fame and glory, but some are in it only for the love of the sport. One such athlete was Harvey Haddix.

Harvey is best known for his legendary pitch of 12 perfect innings (26th May 1959) against the Milwaukee Braves. George Sisler Jr. compared Harvey to Cardinal’s pitcher Harry “The Cat” Brecheen. Thus, Haddix earned the nickname “Kitten.”

Harvey Haddix

Let’s have a look at some quick facts about Harvey Haddix.

Quick Facts

Full Name Harvey Haddix Jr.
Known as Harvey Haddix
Nickname The Kitten
Birth Date September 18 1925
Birth Place Springfield, Ohio, United States
Residence Springfield, Ohio
Religion Christian
Nationality American
Ethnicity Black
Education Catawba High School, South Vienna, Ohio
Horoscope Virgo
Father’s Name Harvey Haddix
Mother’s Name Nellie Mae Greider Haddix
Siblings 3 (Ed, Ben, and Fed)
Age 96 years old
Died January 8, 1994
Height 5 feet 9 inches (175 cm)
Weight 77 kg (170 lb)
Eye Color Brown
Hair Color Dark brown
Body type Athletic
Profession Baseball Player
Marital Status Married
Spouse Marcia Haddix
Children 3
Name of Children Teri, Ann, and Harvey
Beginning of Professional Career 1952
Retirement 1965
Playing style Left-handed
Sports team Pittsburgh Pirates team
Coach N/A
Honors 3x All-Star, 3x Gold Glove
Victory N/A
Net Worth $1.5 million-$5 million
Prize Money N/A
Position Pitcher
Merch Signed NL Ball, Autographed Slabbes Card, Bobblehead
Last Update May, 2022

Harvey Haddix | Personal Life & Family

This extraordinary pitcher Harvey Haddix was born on 18th September 1925 in Medway, Ohio. Sadly, he passed away on 8th January 1994 at Springfield of Ohio.

Harvey was the third son of Harvey Haddix, Sr. and Nellie Mae Greider Haddix. The Haddix family were farmers near Westville, in west-central Ohio.

Spikes of Hardey Haddix

As children of farmers, Harvey grew up on the farm with his older brothers Ed and Ben, and a younger brother Fred. Since there wasn’t much to entertain them so they had to get innovative.
 
They started playing baseball- two on each side. They even got creative enough to invent their first glove using a leather horse collar.
 
In 1940, Harvey joined Catawba High School near South Vienna, Ohio. Here, he joined a successful baseball team along with his older brother Ben.

Harvey Haddix | Early days in baseball

After joining the baseball team in Catawba High, Harvey had to get creative again. Because he lacked proper baseball gears for the sport like cleats. In fact, he punched holes at the bottom of his shoes and riveted spikes on the bottom to make his own.
 
As a senior in high school, he took over the pitching chores and led his team to win the country championship. His father was already a renowned amateur pitcher by then so he had all the support to continue playing.
 
His older brother and teammate- Ben Haddix was also making moves. Ben played minor-league baseball for the local Springfield Cardinals- a class C Middle Atlantic League club managed by Walter Alston.
After graduating, he was pitching semi-pro when a scout from Philadelphia Athletics offered to refer him to Connie Mack.
 
He waited two weeks to no avail. So, when he saw an article about Redbird tryouts in Columbus, he took the chance.

HARVEY WAS CALLED TO GIVE THREE TO FOUR CURVEBALLS AND FASTBALLS AND INSTANTLY THERE HE GOT OFFER TO SIGN IN.

After impressing the Cardinals, Harvey got approached to sign right away. But he declined as he still had hopes to hear back from the Philadelphia Athletics scout. After hearing nothing back though, he went back to Columbus and signed with the Cardinals.

Harvey Haddix | Career

Before he could start his career though, the Second World War blocked all his chances. He had a three-year deferment from the military which forced him to be a farmer again.
 
But when the war ended, he went back to the Cardinals. Here, after two weeks of idle-time, they tried to send him to Idaho but he refused on the grounds that it was too far from home. So, they sent him to Winston-Salem of the class C Caroline League where he met the team in Lynchburg, Virginia. Here, he met manager Zip Payne, who was not impressed with his 5 foot 6, 175 pound self.
Here, he met manager Zip Payne, who was not impressed with his 5 foot 6, 175 pound self. But he went on to have 19 wins, and 275 strikeouts while also hitting over .300 (including a pinch-hit homer). It’s safe to say he then managed to chance Payne’s opinion of him.

On the 11th of August, he pitched a seven-inning no-hitter. Later he also threw a nine-inning one-hitter, and had a 19-strikeout game. He went on to be The League All-Star, The left-handed Pitcher of the year, The Rookie of the year, and The Most Valuable Player. His 1.90 ERA (Earned Run Average) even beat out the second-best (3.18).

Later, Harvey played for Triple-A ball for three years until 1950. He tried to go back to the Cardinals, but they rejected him as they already had five good left handed pitchers.
In 1948, Haddix had 11 wins and a .337 batting average and became an all star for the 2nd year. He moved on to play with teams such as Red Birds, Milwaukee Brewers, Batters, Fort Dix, St Louis, etc. instead.
 
In 1949, he won 13 games for the Red Birds and secured the all-star spot yet again.

Harvey Haddix Career Stats

The game 26th May extraordinary to say the least. On this day, Haddix- who was playing for the Pirates’, scored 12 innings against the Braves.

There, the lineup included the Hall of Famers: Eddie Mathews and Hank Aaron.

This specific 12 innings by Harvey Haddix was so perfect that it was thirty-six up and thirty-six downs. But the error that occurred in the 12 turned into an IBB to Aaron turning into an HR.

The legendary pitching led people to remember this day as ‘Harvey Haddix Day.’

Harvey’s play was the second most famous perfect game. But later, Braves pitcher admitted the steal sign from the Pirates that barely mattered.

Harvey Haddix | Achievements

1947:

  • National League All-star,
  • The left-handed pitcher of the year
  • The year’s rookie
  • The most valuable of the year

1948:

  • National League All-star (Second year in a row)

1949:

  • National League All-star (Third year in a row)
  • Won 13 games for Red Birds all-star

1950:

  • 18 wins,
  • and another National League All-Star selection (Fourth year in a row).

This was also the year Haddix change up his repertoire as not just a pitcher, but also a fastball and slider.

1952:

  • won a complete-game five-hitter, 9-2 against the Boston Braves.

This was the year he made a major-league debut with the Cardinals after his Army Service. By the end of 1952, he had three complete games, a 2-2 record and a 2.79 ERA.

1953:

  • won three pitcher’s batting awards: collecting the most hits, scoring the most runs, and stealing the most bases. (And comically, he also won a box of cigars.)
  • the second spot on the National League All-Star.

1954:

  • ranked among the elite National League pitchers.

1958:

  • won his first Golden Glove Award.
  • broke the record for consecutive perfect innings to start a game.

Gold Glove of Harvey Haddix

Harvey received ‘Gold Glove Awards’ thrice for his fielding and winning ten games in a row. Quite the heart-warming story of a star player who was once a young boy playing in his farm with his leather horse-shoe collar.

Harvey Haddix | Injury

Just after the game of 1954, Haddix was selected for a National League All-Star.

But unfortunately during the peak of his career, he had to be replaced on the team because of a small injury. Haddix was struck below the right kneecap by a line drive off someone’s bat. And that someone was Joe Adcock- Milwaukee’s first baseman.

Haddix even recalled that he, “didn’t have the same spring off the mound” after the injury. He also added that he couldn’t run well and it affected his gameplay.

Despite being injured, Haddix persevered and won six more games. However, his career after the injury was inconsistent and led the Cardinals to a slow start.

Harvey Haddix | The Fame

Throughout his baseball career, Haddix was nothing but hardworking and humble. One could even joke that he was too busy chasing the ball to chase the fame.

He once even turned down an opportunity to appear on the television shows To Tell the Truth and The Ed Sullivan Show, choosing to stay and celebrate with his team instead.

According to Harvey’s wife- Marcia Haddix, Harvey was into baseball because he loved to play. That’s it.

Harvey was so famous that Cardinals threw him a banquet on September of 1949. He was equally loved by baseball fans who were buying his signed baseballs and jerseys. They were even reselling them at a high price, but Harvey never made a big deal out of it.

Staying true to his roots, Harvey even bought a farm for himself.

He believed that perfect pitching was just a part of his career. Well, Harvey has always been the best in the game and always gave his best to win the game.

Harvey Haddix | Net Worth & Salary

On top of his achievements as a successful baseball player, his net worth is estimated to be $1.5 million $5.5 million.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Which clubs has Harvey Haddix has played for?

Harvey has played professionally in Major League Baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies, Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Baltimore Orioles.

Has Harvey Haddix ever served as Coach?

From 1966, Harvey coached New York Mets, Columbus Jets, GCL Pirates. Similarly, Harddix was also a member of the Cincinnati Reds Staff.

What is Harvey Haddix’s height?

While playing for the Cardinals, Harvey was just 5 feet 6 inches.

Later, Harvey reached 5 feet and 9 inches (,175 cm).

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