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Encyclopedia > The Catch (baseball)
The Catch: Willie Mays hauls in Vic Wertz's drive at the warning track in the 1954 World Series
The Catch: Willie Mays hauls in Vic Wertz's drive at the warning track in the 1954 World Series

The Catch refers to a memorable defensive baseball play by Willie Mays on September 29, 1954, during Game 1 of the 1954 World Series between the New York Giants and the Cleveland Indians at the Polo Grounds in New York. The score was tied 2-2 in the top of the eighth inning. Starting pitcher Sal Maglie walked Larry Doby and gave up a single to Al Rosen. So, with runners on first and second, Giants manager Leo Durocher summoned lefty relief pitcher Don Liddle to replace Maglie and pitch to Cleveland's Vic Wertz, also a left-hander. Image File history File links Willie Mays drags in Vic Wertzs drive, 1954 World Series Famous historical event; unreproducible photograph used for educational / non commercial purposes on wikipedia. ... Image File history File links Willie Mays drags in Vic Wertzs drive, 1954 World Series Famous historical event; unreproducible photograph used for educational / non commercial purposes on wikipedia. ... The 1954 World Series matched the National League champion New York Giants against the American League champion Cleveland Indians. ... A view of the playing field at Busch Stadium II St. ... Willie Howard Mays Jr. ... September 29 is the 272nd day of the year (273rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1954 throughout the world. ... The 1954 World Series matched the National League champion New York Giants against the American League champion Cleveland Indians. ... Major league affiliations National League (1883–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3,4,11,24,27,30,36,44 Name San Francisco Giants (1958–present) New York Giants (1885-1957) New York Gothams (1883-1885) Troy Union Cities / Trojans (1879-1882) Ballpark AT&T Park (2000... This article is becoming very long. ... The Polo Grounds was the name given to four different stadiums in New York City used by Major League Baseballs New York Giants from 1883 until 1957, New York Metropolitans from 1883 until 1885, the New York Yankees from 1912 until 1922, and by the New York Mets in... Salvatore Anthony Maglie (April 26, 1917 - December 28, 1992) was a Major League Baseball player for the New York Giants, Cleveland Indians, Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Yankees, and St. ... Lawrence Eugene Larry Doby (December 13, 1923 – June 18, 2003), was an American professional baseball player in the Negro Leagues and Major League Baseball. ... Albert Leonard Rosen (born February 29, 1924, in Spartanburg, South Carolina), nicknamed Al and Flip, was an American major league third baseman and right-handed slugger. ... Leo Ernest Durocher (July 27, 1905 - October 7, 1991), nicknamed Leo the Lip, was an American infielder and manager in Major League Baseball. ... Don Liddle (May 25, 1925 - June 5, 2000) was a baseball player for the New York Giants from 1954 to 1956. ... Victor Woodrow Wertz (born February 9, 1925 York, PA - died July 7, 1983 Detroit, MI) was a utility player who had a seventeen year career from 1947 to 1963. ...


Wertz worked the count to two balls and a strike, before crushing Liddle's fourth pitch to deep center field. Some reports say the ball traveled 450 feet, which is an exaggeration, but in many stadiums the shot would have been a home run, giving the Indians a 5-2 lead. However, this was the spacious Polo Grounds and Giants center fielder Willie Mays, who was playing in, made an on-the-run, over-the-shoulder catch (looking like a wide receiver) to make the out. Having caught the ball, he immediately spun and threw the ball, losing his hat in characteristic style. Doby, the runner on second, might have been able to score the go-ahead run had he tagged at the moment the ball was caught; but as it was, he ran when the ball was hit, and then had to scramble back to retag and only got as far as third base. Liddle was then relieved by Marv Grissom, to whom he supposedly remarked "Well, I got my man!" Willie Howard Mays Jr. ... The wide receiver (WR) position in American and Canadian football is the pass-catching specialist. ...


The play prevented the Indians from taking the lead and in the bottom of the 10th, the Giants won the game on their way to sweeping the Series. The Catch is often considered to be one of the best and most memorable plays in the history of baseball because of the difficulty of the play and the importance of the game itself. Many people have argued, however, that The Catch is remembered so well because it was made in New York City, by a player for a New York team, and on television in a World Series game, whereas other catches, including many made by Mays, were less celebrated because they came in regular season games or in other cities. Certainly, Mays himself did not believe "The Catch" to be the best defensive play he ever made.[1] Nickname: Big Apple, Gotham, NYC Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs The Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Staten Island Settled 1613  - Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area    - City 1,214. ...

Mays and Polo Grounds center field distance marker
Mays and Polo Grounds center field distance marker

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See also

The Immaculate Reception is the nickname given to one of the most famous, controversial, and utterly bizarre plays in the history of American sports. ... For other uses of The Catch, see The Catch (disambiguation). ... Maradona left, Shilton right The Hand of God goal (Spanish: Mano de Dios) was scored by Diego Maradona in the quarter-final match of the 1986 FIFA World Cup between England and Argentina, played on 22 June 1986 in Mexico Citys Estadio Azteca. ... The Drive refers to the January 11, 1987 AFC Championship Game between the Denver Broncos and the Cleveland Browns. ... (Here is a link to an image of the play. ... The Shot refers to a basket made by Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls in the fifth game of the first round of the 1989 NBA Playoffs against the Cleveland Cavaliers, on May 7, 1989, at Clevelands home floor in Richfield, Ohio. ... The Fumble refers to a specific incident in the January 17, 1988 AFC Championship Game between the Cleveland Browns and the Denver Broncos. ... The Shot Heard Round the World In baseball, the Shot Heard Round the World is the term given to the walk-off home run hit by New York Giants outfielder Bobby Thomson off Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Ralph Branca at the Polo Grounds to win the National League pennant at 3... The last lateral of The Play; Stanford Band seen at right. ... In this famous image, Kevin Dyson tries to extend the ball into the end zone as Mike Jones brings him down. ...

External links

  • TIME's World Series Memorable Moment #7: The Catch
  • The Sporting News's 25 Greatest Moments in Baseball #9: The Catch
  • The catch on youtube

Sources

  • Shortly after the 1954 Series, Arnold Hano wrote a book called A Day in the Bleachers, describing the game from his vantage point in the Polo Grounds cheap-seats. He devoted an entire chapter to The Catch (and The Throw that followed it), describing everything that was going on in his head and in the stadium as the ball traversed its high arc from far away at home plate to near where the writer sat. At first, it looked like an easy catch; then, as Mays continued his full-tilt sprint, the writer became certain it was going to be over his head; then he became equally certain that Mays would outrun it: "For the second time, I knew Mays would make the catch." That fascinating and unique chapter was reproduced in one entry in The Fireside Book of Baseball series, along with an abridged collection of that series called The Baseball Reader. Hano would also go on to write a biography of Willie Mays along with his other books on sports figures and events. The 1954 book was reissued in a 50th anniversary edition in 2004 and its ISBN is given at least one website as 030681322X.
  • A book called The Fans Roared, published in 2000, contains an audio capture of this play as described by World Series TV announcer Jack Brickhouse along with regular Giants announcer Russ Hodges. Brick is a little hard to hear over the screams of the crowd at the moment of the catch, but shortly afterward as the crowd settled down he said, "Willie Mays just brought this crowd to its feet with a catch that must have looked like an optical illusion to a lot of people!" He would go on to use that expression in the World Series film of this classic sports moment.

 
 

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