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Springfield in Greene County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

The Catch

 
 
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By Jason Voigt, April 5, 2021
1. The Catch Marker
Inscription.  West Plains, Missouri's Bill Virdon emerged as the unsung star of the 1960 World Series, boosting the Pittsburgh Pirates to an upset of the New York Yankees. While all remember Bill Mazeroski's Game 7 home run, Virdon's spectacular defense in center field choked off numerous Yankee rallies. He is credited with winning the series opener, as in the fourth inning he robbed future Hall of Famer Yogi Berra of a two-run double at the 407-foot marker of cavernous Forbes Field, and hung on despite colliding with right fielder Roberto Clemente. In the seventh inning of Game 4, Bon Gerv's chance for a two-run double disappeared into the center fielder's glove on one of the most acrobatic catches in World Series History. Defense indeed wins championships, as the Pirates went on to win the series four games to three.
 
Erected 2017 by Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Sports. A significant historical year for this entry is 1960.
 
Location. 37° 7.243′ N, 93° 13.02′ W. Marker is in Springfield, Missouri, in Greene County. Marker
The Catch Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, April 5, 2021
2. The Catch Marker
Marker is in front of "The Catch" statue, outside the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.
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can be reached from East Stan Musial Drive south of U.S. 60. Marker is outside the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3861 E Stan Musial Dr, Springfield MO 65809, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Charles Graham "Charlie" Spoonhour (here, next to this marker); Gary R. Pinkel (here, next to this marker); Gene Verlon Bess (here, next to this marker); Cheryl Burnett (here, next to this marker); William L. (Bill) Rowe (here, next to this marker); Dr. Mary Jo Wynn (a few steps from this marker); Jerry Hughes (a few steps from this marker); Jon Thomas Sundvold (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Springfield.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 20, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 20, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 44 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 20, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.

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Jun. 20, 2021