With the game tied 2–2 in the eighth inning of Game 1 of the 1954 World Series, the Cleveland Indians had runners on first and second against the New York Giants. Cleveland's Vic Wertz hit a 425-foot shot to center field, and Willie Mays sprinted towards the wall to track it down. Mays caught it over his shoulder, turned and gunned it back towards the infield, saving the runs.
The Shot Heard 'Round the World
That swing won the third game of a playoff for the National League pennant for the Giants, sending them to the 1951 World Series against the New York Yankees. Radio broadcaster Russ Hodges made the call on the play (“The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant!”), which is still repeated often today.RANK: 15 LOCATION: Polo Grounds | New York, NY DATE: 10/3/1951 CATEGORY: MLB