Willie Mays might be the best all-around baseball player of all time. I mean, the guy could do it all — run, throw, field, hit for power, hit for average — he was the definition of a 5 tool player.
One of his most famous plays, of course, is referred to as “The Catch”. In Game 1 of the 1954 World Series between the Giants and the Indians at the Polo Grounds in New York City, the score was tied 2–2 in the top of the 8th inning with runners on first and second, when the Indians’ Vic Wertz hit a pitch approximately 420 feet to deep center field.
It would have cleared the fence in many ballparks and would have given the Indians a 5–2 lead. However, the Polo Grounds was larger than your average ballpark, and Mays, who was playing in shallow center field, made an on-the-run, over-the-shoulder catch on the warning track to make the out. Having caught the ball, he immediately spun and threw it back to the infield. Larry 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 — as it was, he ran when the ball was hit, then had to scramble back to retag and only got as far as third base. (Al Rosen stayed at first on the play.)
Giants pitcher Don Liddle was then relieved by Marv Grissom, to whom he supposedly remarked “Well, I got my man!” (The next batter walked to load the bases, but the next two batters struck out to end the inning with no runs scored.)