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The Catch Willie Mays famous catch in the Polo Grounds in the 1954 World Series
Added: 2nd December 2007
Views: 2862
Posted By: cheo3011
Posted by: cheo3011 on 2007-12-02 
My father was in that game and saw the play. He never got tired of mentioning it. Hope you enjoy it as I do now.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2007-12-02 
The most amazing part of this play is that Mays appears to slow down before catching the ball. This means he outran it! Amazing play. Cleveland never recovered and lost the World Series in four straight games.
Posted by: Old Fart on 2007-12-02 
Can you imagine the money he could have made compared to the white players back then? Now can you imagine how much he could have made today? What a class act!
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2007-12-03 
All ballplayers in the 1950s were underpaid. Mays made very good money in the 1960s. I think he was paid between $75,000 and $100,000 per season in his heyday. The average big league salary was under $20,000. That's pocket change today.
Posted by: Old Fart on 2007-12-03 
That's our Lava! I didn't know that, I'm glad he got paid well for the times.

It is interesting, I love to watch football (American) much more than baseball, so do most Americans, but we certainly have a love affair with baseball!
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2007-12-03 
If there's no baseball in heaven I don't want to go! (Would you believe I listened to this game in its entirety about two months ago?)

Here's a Willie Mays trivia tidbit to amaze your friends: He is the only major leaguer to hit four home runs in one game and hit three triples in another game.
Posted by: cheo3011 on 2007-12-03 
I'm glad you enjoyed the post. For me, was the best ever. Then I'd have to go with Roberto Clemente. I'm just curious that Lava said he saw the whole game where Mays made that catch. I d love to see that game also Lava. Where can I find that game? Thanks again.

Posted by: Lava1964 on 2007-12-03 
Actually I wrote that I listened to the whole game recently. MLB.com has a selection of radio broadcasts of classic games. Game One of the 1954 World Series is one of them.
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