"Harvey Haddix" as written by and Steve Wynn....
May 26, 1959, in Milwaukee, on the mound
Harvey Haddix of the Pirates was mowing 'em down
Twenty-seven up, twenty-seven gone
Nine innings in the book and not a man had gotten on

Now, in history, only seventeen have thrown a perfect game
A most exclusive club and a most exalted fame
But after nine, the Pirates hadn't scored
A perfect game and still old Harvey had to pitch some more

David Wells, David Cone
Sandy Koufax, Cy Young
Jim Bunning, Tom Browning
Charlie Robertson
Don Larsen in the series in 1956
Why don't we add old Harvey to that list?

Tenth inning down, eleventh inning down, he moved on to the twelfth
Three straight outs and the fans, they were pinching themselves
The best game ever pitched and still a scoreless tie
Poor Harvey had to carry on and give it one more try

Thirteen's never lucky, so you can guess the rest
Harv gave up a hit and then he lost the whole contest
I wonder how he slept that night knowing how close he came
To a most exclusive club that should include his name

David Wells, David Cone
Randy Johnson, Addie Joss
Kenny Rogers, Mike Witt
Dennis Martinez
Don Larsen in the series in 1956
Why don't we add old Harvey to that list?

The search for perfection is a funny thing, at least as I've been told
It drives you nuts, it makes you curse and it eats away your soul
Sometimes better ain't better, sometimes justice just ain't served
Sometimes legend isn't laid where it's most deserved

But humanity is flawed as the losers will attest
We're drawn to tragic stories, the ones that suit us best
But for twelve innings on that fateful day, old Harvey was a god
A perfect game if nothing else, 'cause perfection's always flawed

David Wells, David Cone
Lee Richmond, Monte Ward
Len Barker against the Jays
And Catfish for the A's
Don Larsen in the series in 1956
Why don't we add old Harvey to that list?

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