1954 - NEW YORK GIANTS vs CLEVELAND INDIANS "The Catch" was a magnificent moment in time when action, athletic genius, and history collide. This celebrated play of the 1954 World Series® created an iconic image and defined the competitive fire, excellence, and grace of the remarkable Willie Mays. Along with manager Leo "the Lip" Durocher, the electrifying Mays and the New York Giants® met the heavily favored Cleveland Indians® and their American League® record 111 victories. Games 1 and 2 took place on the hallowed Polo Grounds in northern Manhattan, while cavernous Cleveland Stadium was the site of the final two contests of the Fall Classic®. In addition to the stupefying defensive play by Mays off a prodigious blast by Cleveland's Vic Wertz, Game 1 also featured the pinch-hit, game-ending home-run heroics of James "Dusty" Rhodes. Stunned and defeated, the Indians could not overcome the stellar pitching and patient hitting of the Giants who swept all four games to claim the championship.
This 36-minute official Major League Baseball film captures the highlights of the 1954 World Series between the New York Giants and the 111-win Cleveland Indians. Most fans will recognize this as the year of "The Catch," Giants centerfielder Willie Mays' over-the-shoulder grab of Vic Wertz's titanic drive. That moment is here, in slightly longer form than most fans have seen (Mays making the catch and a fan grabbing his head in disbelief), as are "Dusty" Rhodes' clutch home runs and New York's famous field, the Polo Grounds. --David Horiuchi