The Catch

Vic Wertz smashes a line
drive, deep into centerfield,
a sure homerun in most ballparks,
but not in the exaggerated
confines of the Polo Grounds,
with Willie Mays on patrol.

Turning about-face, Mays
accelerates, as if he is pacing
the ball, glancing over his left
shoulder, calibrating new angles
of flight in motion, aligning
himself for a rendezvous with -

A spectacular basket catch,
where, in a perfect world, the
wind does not suddenly shift,
and a man does not stumble in
full stride, and by the Grace of
G-d, a hero is born.
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