Going, Going … Caught!
Baseball’s Great Outfield Catches as Described by Those Who Saw Them, 1887–1964
About the Book
Though Willie Mays’ World Series catch of Vic Wertz’s long drive in 1954 immediately comes to mind, there are many catches that have been called “the greatest.” This work documents baseball’s best catches by outfielders from 1887 through 1964 (the year of Duke Snider’s retirement, the demolition of the Polo Grounds, and, arguably, Willie Mays’ last great grab).
After introductory chapters on factors that influenced the catches and their legacies—from ballpark quirks, changes to the baseball and the evolution of baseball gloves, to sportswriters and photography—the book describes famous catches by decade from such players as Mays, Willie Keeler, Joe DiMaggio, Duke Snider, Roberto Clement, Curt Flood and many others. Extensive research yields a wealth of information for each catch, including commentary by period sportswriters, players, and, often, the man who snagged the ball.
About the Author(s)
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: 50 photos, appendix, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2009
Table of Contents
Foreword by Dave Anderson 1
PART I. HISTORICAL BACKGROUND
One. A Great Play, “The Greatest,” Photography, and Sportswriters 7
Two. Ballparks: Disputes, Dimensions, Quirks, and Crashes into Concrete 12
Three. The Dead Ball, the Lively Ball, the Long Ball, and Gloves 35
PART II. THE CATCHES
Four. The Great Catches Up to 1900 48
Five. 1900–1919 60
Six. 1920–1929 87
Seven. 1930–1939 110
Eight. 1940–1949 125
Nine. 1950–1964 144
Appendix: A Great Catch That Wasn’t 255
Book Reviews & Awards
“well researched”—Baseball Happenings; “Jason Aronoff has the range of a great centerfielder in his marvelous new book. While never taking his eye off the ball, Aronoff also reminds fans how baseball was once played”—Tonawanda News.