There have been many memorable moments in over a century of World Series play, but none will ever be remembered like “The Catch.”
63 years after it happened, the man responsible for the play is being honored.
With Game 1 of the 1954 World Series tied 2-2 at the top of the eighth, Willie Mays was playing shallow center field when he made an on-the-run, over-the-shoulder catch at the warning track.
His catch and subsequent throw to second, holding the Indians runners at the corners prevented three runs from scoring.
In any other ballpark, it would have been a home run.
But at the sprawling Polo Grounds in New York, it took speed that only Mays had to stop the ball from soaring into the stands.
The Giants would go on to win the 1954 World Series in four straight games and Mays was forever embedded in baseball history.
That history is being recognized by Major League Baseball with the renaming of the World Series MVP award in Mays’ honor.