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'Willie Mays': 'The Catch' in 1954

Updated: February 25, 2010, 12:36 PM ET
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Editor's note: Sixty years ago, Willie Howard Mays signed his first professional contract with the New York Giants at age 19. The next year he played his first game for the Giants, beginning one of the greatest careers in major league history.

This excerpt from "Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend," by James S. Hirsch, relives Mays' most famous defensive play, "The Catch," which took place in Game 1 of the 1954 World Series against the Cleveland Indians at the Polo Grounds in New ...

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