Great Baseball Moments- Willie Mays ‘The Catch’- Game 1 1954 World Series. This week I have been featuring some great defensive plays- and there is no more famous defensive play in Major League history- than the great catch that Willie Mays made during Game 1 of the 1954 World Series at the Polo Grounds against the Cleveland Indians.
It was the eighth inning and the score was tied 2-2. Runners were on first and second. The hitter for the Cleveland Indians as Vic Wertz. With the count two balls and one strike- Wertz connected on Giants pitcher Don Liddle’s pitch. In most ballparks it would have been a home run -the ball went 420 feet but the Polo Grounds had a deep center field. Mays makes an unbelievable catch- and just as important throw after catching it. The Giants would go on to win the game 5-2 in extra innings. The Giants would win the World Series in a four game sweep.