Harvey Haddix

American baseball coach

Harvey Haddix
American baseball coach Source: Google

Harvey Haddix, Jr. was a left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball for the Baltimore Orioles, Cincinnati Redlegs, Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals, and Philadelphia Phillies.

Early Life, and Family, Education

The renowned pitcher Harvey Haddix was born in Medway, Ohio, on September 18, 1925. Sadly, on January 8, 1994, he passed away in Springfield, Ohio.

Harvey Haddix, Jr. was the son of Harvey Haddix, Sr. and Nellie Mae Greider Haddix. The Haddix family came from Westville, Ohio, and they were farmers.

As the offspring of farmers, Harvey grew up on a farm alongside his older brothers Ed and Ben as well as his younger brother Fred. There wasn’t much to keep them engaged, so they had to get inventive.

Baseball was started, with two players on each side. They were so resourceful that they used a leather horse collar to make their first glove.

Talking about his education, Harvey enrolled at Catawba High School in South Vienna, Ohio, in 1940.

Early Career

When Harvey decided to play baseball at Catawba High, he once more had to think outside the box. because he lacked baseball cleats and other necessary equipment. In reality, he made his own shoes by drilling holes in the bottom and adding spikes with rivets.

He took over the pitching duties as a senior in high school and helped his squad win the nation. He got all the support he needed to keep playing because his father was already a well-known amateur pitcher by that point.

Ben Haddix, his teammate, and his older brother were also moving. For the nearby Springfield Cardinals, a Class C Middle Atlantic League team led by Walter Alston, Ben played minor league baseball.

He was pitching in the semi-pro ranks after graduating when a Philadelphia Athletics scout offered to recommend him to Connie Mack.

He waited two weeks without success. So, when he came upon a report about Redbird tryouts in Columbus, he decided to take a chance.

Harvey was contacted to sign right away after making an impression on the Cardinals. He declined, though, since he was still waiting to hear from the scout with the Philadelphia Athletics. But when he received no response, he returned to Columbus and signed with the Cardinals.

Harvey Haddix | Career

The Second World War, however, eliminated all of his opportunities before he could begin his career. He was obliged to return to farming after receiving a three-year military deferral.

He returned to the Cardinals after the war, though. They attempted to send him to Idaho after two weeks of his being idle, but he rejected it on the grounds that it was too distant from home.

In order to meet the team, they sent him to Winston-Salem of the class C Caroline League. Lynchburg, Virginia. He met manager Zip Payne there, who was unimpressed by his 175-pound, 5 foot, 6-inch frame.

Harvey thereafter spent the next three years, up through 1950, playing Triple-A baseball. The Cardinals rejected him when he attempted to return because they already had five capable left-handed pitchers.

With 11 victories and a batting average of.337 in 1948, Haddix earned his second all-star berth. He later switched teams to play for the Red Birds, Milwaukee Brewers, Batters, Fort Dix, St. Louis, etc.

Harvey Haddix | Injury

Haddix was chosen for an All-Star game for the National League shortly after the 1954 game.

But regrettably, a minor injury forced him to be replaced on the team during the height of his career. Haddix was struck by a line drive off someone’s bat just below the right kneecap.

Haddix even recalled that following the injury, he “didn’t have the same spring off the mound.” He also mentioned how his inability to run well had an impact on his gameplay.

Haddix persevered despite being hurt and won six more games. His post-injury career, though, was erratic, and it caused the Cardinals to have a sluggish start.

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Former big league pitcher Harvey Haddix passes away from emphysema on January 9, 1994, at the age of 68.

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Historical Marker of Harvey Source: Google

Haddix was most known for pitching 12 perfect innings against the Milwaukee Braves in a game in 1959, but he ultimately lost in the 13th inning. Haddix won 136 games over the course of a 14-year career.

Net Worth & Salary

In addition to his accomplishments as a professional baseball player, his estimated net worth is $1.5 million to $5.5 million. 

Relationship| Wife, and Kids

When it comes to his personal life, he tied the knot with Marcia Haddix. The couple is blessed with 3 children whose name goes by Teri, Ann, and Harvey.

Body Measurement

Harvey was only 5 feet 6 inches tall when he was a member of the Cardinals. Later, Harvey grew to a height of 5 feet 9 inches (,175 cm). In terms of weight, he was 77 kg (170 lb).

He had beautiful brown eyes and a dark brown hair color matching his complexion. Being an Athlete he maintained a fit body and was an attractive man.

Social Media

Harvey does not have any social media account as he left this earth on January 8, 1994,

Frequently Asked Questions

Which teams has Harvey Haddix represented?

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

Does Harvey Haddix have any coaching experience?

Harvey began coaching the New York Mets, Columbus Jets, and GCL Pirates in 1966. Likewise, Harddix served as a staff member for the Cincinnati Reds.

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 97 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



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