World Series Remember When: Willie Mays' over-shoulder catch

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

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Giants great Willie Mays is rightfully known as perhaps baseball's best all-around player in history. He did it all with the bat, the glove and the legs. And in Game 1 of the 1954 World Series, with runners on first and second in a tie game with no out, Indians first baseman Vic Wertz sent a deep drive to center. Mays took care of the rest:

The Giants would go on to win that game in extra innings, so Mays essentially saved the game. The Giants would end up with a World Series championship after sweeping the series, but who knows how it turns out if they drop Game 1.

Mays was the league MVP that season, sporting a robust .345/.411/.667 line with 33 doubles, 13 triples, 41 homers, 110 RBI, 119 runs and eight steals. He was also plenty ridiculous with the glove, just as he showed in that pivotal World Series moment.

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