|By Associated Press, 05/03/99 22:06
COUSHATTA, La. (AP) - Joe Adcock, who broke up baseball's longest no-hitter and shares the major league record of four homers in one game, died Monday at age 71.
The first baseman came to the majors in 1950 with Cincinnati, and was traded to the Milwaukee Braves in 1953.
On July 31, 1954, Adcock had the most productive game in history, hitting four homers and a double for a record 18 total bases as the Braves beat the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field. At the time, he was the fifth player in the modern era to homer four times in a game. Five players have done it so since.
Adcock played on the Braves' World Series championship team in 1957 and National League pennant winner in 1958. His best season was 1956, when he hit 38 of his 336 career homers.
Adcock was perhaps best known for turning a perfect game into a loss for Pittsburgh's Harvey Haddix on May 26, 1959, at Milwaukee.
Haddix retired the first 36 batters he faced - 12 perfect innings. In the 13th, Adcock homered with two players on base to end the no-hitter and win the game. The score was listed as 1-0 because Adcock inadvertently passed Hank Aaron on the base paths.
In 1963, Adcock moved to the Cleveland Indians and finished his playing career with the California Angels. He managed the Indians in 1967.