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  • Duke Snider - Did he make the best catch ever?

    http://www.examiner.com/baseball-his...-catch-of-1954

    Read some first hand accounts of what many consider to be the best catch ever. RIP Duke Snider.
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    Originally posted by metrotheme View Post
    http://www.examiner.com/baseball-his...-catch-of-1954

    Read some first hand accounts of what many consider to be the best catch ever. RIP Duke Snider.
    Snider was a great defensive centerfielder until his left knee betrayed him. His defensive greatness is not well understood or appreciated by many here at BBF. Snider was an instinctual outfielder, like DiMaggio, Mays, and several other greats. He moved equally well into the gaps, to the wall, or toward the infield. His range factors were subdued due to the small dimensions of Ebbets Field, plus the Dodger staff's high strikeout totals combined with ground ball propensities from several of their key starters.

    Little film/video is available from those days. There are several photos of Snider making sensational catches in Ebbets Field- I believe one is called Wall catch, or catch at the wall. Dozens, perhaps hundreds, of incredible catches from before about the 1970s were never recorded- Snider's and others.

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    • #3
      Ron -
      Great point. In the article, I recommend the book Going Going Caught which talks about many of these sensational catches from which little to no footage exists.
      Baseball Happenings
      - Linking baseball's past, present and future.
      http://baseballhappenings.blogspot.com

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      • #4
        Originally posted by metrotheme View Post
        Ron -
        Great point. In the article, I recommend the book Going Going Caught which talks about many of these sensational catches from which little to no footage exists.
        Some excerpts worth reading on Google Books
        http://books.google.com/books?id=NXp...page&q&f=false

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        • #5
          Commenting on Duke's catches...

          1) World Series, game 5, 1949, two off of Joe DiMaggio described by Mel Allen, game play-by-play available from Holley Music.
          2) World Series, game 4, 1952, leaping catch in front of right-center scoreboard at Yankee Stadium off of Berra - film available "Basebal Hall of Fame - The Game and Its Glory"
          3) World Series, game 1, 1953 leaping catch in front of right-center scoreboard at Yankee Stadium off of Collins - film available as above
          4) World Series game 4, 1955, leaping catch at EF off of Noren by wall in right-center described by Bob Hunter of LA Examiner 10/2/55
          5) World Series game 5, 1956, diving catch off of Berra at Yankee Stadium, film of game available from MLB, first 7 batters missing. PBP Mel Allen, V Scully
          Last edited by Bobcat; 03-08-2011, 09:07 AM.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by elmer View Post
            Some excerpts worth reading on Google Books
            http://books.google.com/books?id=NXp...page&q&f=false
            Cool, thanks one of the few sites I can get at work!

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