Top 10 World Series catches

Top 10 World Series catches

Originally Published: September 29, 2004
Special to ESPN.com

Editor's Note: You can see the top 10 World Series plays on SportsCenter at 6 p.m. ET.

10. Tommy Agee -- Game 3, 1969
Mets vs. Orioles. In the seventh inning, the Orioles had the bases loaded against Nolan Ryan when Paul Blair sent a liner into right center. Agee came from nowhere to make an unbelievable catch and save the win for the Mets.

9. Al Gionfriddo -- Game 6, 1947
The Dodgers had a three-run lead in the sixth inning. But the Yankees had two runners on and Joe DiMaggio at the plate. He hit a shot toward the left-field bullpen, but Gionfriddo, who had just entered the game as a defensive replacement in left field, made a glove-hand catch near the 415-foot mark.

8. Gary Sheffield -- Game 3, 1997
Jim Thome was at the plate, looking to break a 7-7 tie in the seventh inning. But Sheffield made a leaping catch of Thome's drive to the right-field wall.

7. Mickey Mantle -- Game 5, 1956
Don Larsen had pitched four perfect innings that looked to be over if not for Mickey Mantle, who made a sprinting catch of a Gil Hodges' drive to deep left-center field.

6. Dwight Evans -- Game 6, 1975
In the top of the 11th of "The Greatest Game Ever," Joe Morgan hit a drive toward the right-field seats at Fenway Park. But Evans made a spectacular, one-handed catch and then doubled up Ken Griffey at first base.

5. Sandy Amoros -- Game 7, 1955
The Dodgers had the lead in the sixth, but the Yankees were threatening. Yogi Berra hit what looked like a game-tying double to left. But Amoros sprinted toward the corner and made a miraculous catch, then doubled off Gil McDougald as the Dodgers went on to win their lone World Series in Brooklyn.

4. Devon White -- Game 3, 1992
David Justice drove a deep shot to center field that looked like a sure extra-base hit. But White raced back and made an amazing catch crashing into the wall. Terry Pendleton was called out for passing Deion Sanders on the bases and Sanders was nearly tagged out for the triple play.

3. Ron Swoboda -- Game 4, 1969
Tom Seaver took a 1-0 lead into the ninth inning. With runners at the corners, Brooks Robinson lined a shot to right field. But Swoboda made an amazing diving catch. Frank Robinson tagged up from third and scored to tie the game. But the out shortened the inning and the Mets ended up winning in extra innings.

2. Kirby Puckett -- Game 6, 1991
With the game tied in the 11th and a runner on, Ron Gant belted a shot to center field. But Puckett timed it perfectly. He leaped and made the catch against the plexiglass fence at the Metrodome. Puckett then led off the next inning and hit the home run to force a seventh game.

1. Willie Mays -- Game 1, 1954
Here's the situation: With the game tied 2-2 in the top of the eighth inning and two runners on base, Vic Wertz hit a deep drive to center field. Mays sprinted back and made an incredible, over-the-shoulder catch about 460 feet from home plate at the Polo Grounds. He then turned quickly and fired a bullet back to the infield that kept the runners from tagging up and scoring.

After 50 years, it still stands as the greatest catch in World Series history.

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