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Discussion in 'MLB Discussion' started by uilnslcoap, Jan 18, 2019.
Just coming in to correct it. You're correct of course.
It's not a famous or important play -- it was in a regular season game that his team lost 8-3 -- but I love this clip of Jimmy Wynn's blast at Crosley Field.
If this one happened today, there would be multiple cameras, including one of the roof, to capture it in its majesty. And, of course, the footage would be in color.
"In a year that has been so improbable, the impossible has happened" says hello.
This isnt the right answer, but it’s my favorable/most memorable one. Hendu forever.
Re: the calls of the Gibson homer, here is a great Joe Posnanski piece about it. The whole thing is worth reading, of course, but here are some snippets.
I fully recognize that this is not really THE baseball highlight. But it's MY baseball highlight. To my 11-year-old self, it was as electrifying as Dave Roberts' 2004 steal or Papi's 2013 bullpen salami. To this day, I marvel at how Agee managed to get all the way from the RCF alley to the LCF warning track to make this catch standing up, and hardly looked like he broke a sweat.
(At 0:26 if the time tag on the link doesn't work.)
Joe Girardi and Harold Reynolds were on MLB network breaking down the Jackie Robinson steal of home in the '55 WS. Girardi called it the number 1 play in baseball history and both agreed he was safe. Girardi pointed out that the catching glove of the day made it so Yogi had to use both hands to secure the ball and the tag was just late in getting down. Vasgergian also agreed that it was the top play. Today is the centennial of Jackie's birth.
For me, it's the Mays catch off of Vic Wertz the year before in game 1. The footage is great from different angles. It displays 3 of his 5 tools (speed, glove, arm). Mays always said he made better catches but the throw was key for him. He was about 420 feet from home plate when he let it go. Cleveland won 111 games that year and that play helped push the Giants to a series sweep.
Dusty Rhodes literally won that game with a pathetic pop fly hit down the right field line. The Indians would have won that game in any park other than the Polo Grounds (and under current rules of home field advantage, it would have been played in Cleveland).
Just two months earlier it was Cleveland's center fielder who made what many in attendance considered the best catch in history, but this touches on why it's so hard to answer this question, because even in 1954 you still often had to be in attendance to witness the greatest plays. On July 30th Larry Doby went up and over the fence at Cleveland Municipal Stadium. With his torso above the fence 380 feet into left-center, Doby made a backhanded catch of Tom Umphlett's flyball that would have tied the game for the Senators. On the other side of the fence was an awning covering the bullpen. Doby landed on it, and his right hand tore through it before it acted as a trampoline, springing him back over the fence and down onto the warning track. Left fielder Al Smith raced over to get the ball and return it to the infield to keep the runner from advancing because Doby lost consciousness. For a few seconds, everyone wondered if Doby was even alive, but he'd held onto the ball for the out. All we have are eye-witness accounts.
That said, I'll go with Gibson's home run as the greatest highlight I witnessed as it happened, and maybe the home runs of Bill Mazeroski and Bobby Thomson for importance. Joe Carter's is the most overrated. That series already felt lost for the Phillies, whether it was Game #6 or went to Game #7... Mitch Williams was going to blow it and Carter happened to be in the right place at the right time.
I agree. I'm a bit older and the first thing I thought of was Hank Aaron's 715th.
Also Fisk, which happened a year and a half later.
I'll throw this one in the competition for greatest catch.
I first saw it in the video that welcomed people to the Baseball Hall of Fame. I still love it.
EDIT: I miss Mel Allen. I do NOT miss stereotypical "oriental" music.
What about this one?