GREAT BASEBALL MOMENTS- WILLIE MAYS ‘THE CATCH’-GAME 1 1954 WORLD SERIES

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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.

10 responses to “GREAT BASEBALL MOMENTS- WILLIE MAYS ‘THE CATCH’-GAME 1 1954 WORLD SERIES

  1. He had to run 50 yards or so to get to that ball. The throw back to the infield really impressed me also…

    • it’s too bad that back then we didn’t have the media coverage we do now- imagine having extensive video on Mays his entire career.

    • Willie would have been on constantly with highlights… and Ruth would have been followed everywhere.

    • Yes it would. His off field would light up social media and I don’t think he would care… but baseball action yes. I so wish we had more film on him.

    • That’s great- and he sure did! Mays always claimed he made a number of catches that topped this one–could be- but none of them were on a bigger stage.

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