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. Branch Rickey, Pittsburgh’s general manager, sends a note to the New York dugout during the game to tell the 20-year old rookie, “That was the finest catch I have ever seen, and the finest I ever expect to see”.

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. Branch Rickey, Pittsburgh’s general manager, sends a note to the New York dugout during the game to tell the 20-year old rookie, “That was the finest catch I have ever seen, and the finest I ever expect to see”.