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'The Catch' is still The Play

Willie Mays' spectacular run, grab and throw in the '54 Series remains the top defensive play of all time.

Originally Published: September 29, 2004
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

In the World Series room of the National Baseball Hall of Fame stands a lifesize, cardboard, black-and-white cutout of the most legendary defensive play ever made.

A few years back, I was walking through the Hall with my son Steven, then 9, when we almost crashed right into it.

There he was, all these decades later -- the great Willie Mays, back turned to us, his glove outstretched, his number 24 telling us instantly who this was and what this was.

Well, ...

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