This is the first article in a new daily series here at Talking Chop looking back at big moments in Braves history. We’d like to thank Baseball-Reference and NationalPastime.com for providing the background information for these articles.
This Day in Braves History (May 26)
1959 - Pirates left-hander Harvey Haddix pitches one of the most remarkable games in major league history. Haddix tossed 12 perfect innings retiring the first 36 Milwaukee Braves batters he faced. He would lose the perfect game in the 13th inning when Felix Mantilla reached on an error. After a sacrifice bunt and an intentional walk to Hank Aaron, Joe Adcock homered but then things got weird. Per Baseball Reference, Aaron thought the ball had landed inside the park and Adcock passed him on the bases. Adcock was declared out for passing Aaron on the bases as Mantilla scored the winning run. First base umpire Frank Dascoli ruled the final score as 2-0 but was overruled by NL President Warren Giles who declared that since Adcock’s hit was recorded as a double, then only one run was needed to win the game. Milwaukee’s Lew Burdette pitched all 13 innings allowing 12 hits while striking out two in the 1-0 shutout.
1969 - Hank Aaron hit his 500th career double off of Nelson Briles in a 3-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. Aaron became only the third major leaguer to have 500 doubles and 500 homers. Aaron would finish his career with 624 doubles which is the 13th most in league history. There is now 13 different players in major league history with at least 500 doubles and 500 home runs. Aaron tops the Braves leaderboard with 600 career doubles. Chipper Jones is second with 549.
2016 - Braves outfielder Hector Olivera is given an 82-game suspension by Major League Baseball following a domestic violence that incident occurred in April. That would be the end of his Braves tenure as they would later trade him to the Padres for Matt Kemp. Olivera’s career appears to be over after appearing in just 30 games at the major league level hitting .245/.296/.378 with two home runs in 108 plate appearances.