THIS DATE IN NY GIANTS HISTORY: JULY 24, 1951

July 24, 1951
At cavernous Forbes Field, Giants’ outfielder Willie Mays, unable to reach across his body to make a catch with his glove of Rocky Nelson’s sinking 457-foot blast to deep center, sticks out his bare right hand and grabs the ball on a full gallop to make the incredible final out of the inning. Venerable Branch Rickey, Pittsburgh’s general manager, sends a note to the New York dugout during the game to tell the 20-year rookie, “That was the finest catch I have ever seen, and the finest I ever expect to see”. (Nationalpastime.com)
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2 thoughts on “THIS DATE IN NY GIANTS HISTORY: JULY 24, 1951

  1. For those younger people on this site who never saw him play really missed a treat….Not so much for the 60 homers but his defense and running ability were amazing…His throwing arm was also incredible…The arm was one of the main reasons he was signed in the first place..

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