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On this date in (former) Cardinals history

You think Adam Wainwright's 1-0 loss Tuesday night at the hands of the Padres was bad? It was nothing compared to the level of frustration Harvey Haddix must have felt on May 26, 1959 when he hurled 12 2/3 innings without a hit or a walk surrendered to the Braves -- only to lose 1-0.

With two out in the 13th, he allowed one of each: A base on balls to all-time non-cheating home run champ Henry Aaron and then a double by first baseman Joe Adcock -- to drive the runner home to score the game's only run.

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Lefty pitcher Harvey Haddix in his early years with the Cardinals.

Haddix, who pitched for the Cardinals from 1952-56 before being sent to the Phillies in a trade, was hurling for the Pirates against Milwaukee's Lew Burdette. His opponent pitched all 13 innings, allowing 12 hits and no walks to get the win.

Haddix dropped to 4-3 with the loss en route to a 12-12 season. His best years came in St. Louis when he was 20-9 with a 3.06 ERA in 1953 and 18-13 with a 3.57 ERA in 1954. But many people consider to be that loss in 1959 to be the best individual game a pitcher ever threw.

Click here to read a story about the game that was printed last year in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.