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Counting down the Top 75 catches, as listed by the MLB Network:

75 - Turner Ward (Pirates) goes through fence in deep right vs. Dodgers

74 - Toby Harrah robs the Jays with leap over the railing behind 3rd.

73 - Bo Jackson robs Orsulak, runs along wall like Spiderman.

72 - Bill Hall catches ball bouncing up from Corey Koskie's glove

71 - Ike Davis goes over railing 5/11/10

70 - Brooks Robinson diving catch game 3 of 1970 WS

69 - Darin Erstad robs Yankees' Posada with diving catch in left center

68 - Billy Martin running catch into infield in 1952 WS

67 - Carlos Pena 4/30/10 goes into dugout for the grab

66 - Eric Byrnes 4/30/05 diving catch in bullpen with full extension

65 - Pete Rose 1980 WS makes catch on rebound from Bob Boone's glove

64 - Mookie Wilson 6/3/83 leaping catch high over CF wall

63 - Ryan Freel 4/16/04 diving catch behind 3rd base

62 - Joba Chamberlain 6/1/09 diving catch

61 - Mariano Rivera 5/21/69 incredible circus catch of a bunt

60 - Al Giannfrido robs Dimaggio in WS

59 - Jay Buhner 7/29/98 goes over fence to steal a HR

58 - Darren Bragg 5/5/98 great leaping grab as he tumbles over fence at Fenway

57 - 2001 ALDS Derek Jeter dives into crowd to make catch

56 - Sandy Amoros 1955 WS long running catch to rob Yogi Berra

55 - Eric Chavez 6/10/03 slides into dugout to make grab

54 - Devon White 1992 WS running catch into CF wall

53 - Jim Edmonds 2004 NLCS running, diving catch in deep left center

52 - Joe Rudi 1972 WS makes leaping catch against LF wall

51 - Curtis Granderson 5/8/09 robs Sizemore of a HR in the 9th

50 - Coco Crisp 6/29/06 diving catch in left center

49 - Dwight Evans 1975 WS leaping grab in deep RF

48 - Robin Yount 4/15/87 diving catch in right center to save a no-hitter (last out!)

47 - Rusty Greer saves perfect game 7/28/94 with diving catch in shallow right center

46 - Ken Griffey Jr. 5/29/90 makes running catch over his head ala Mays

45 - Brad Ausmus 5/18/2000 circles and makes diving catch behind plate

44 - Jayson Nix 8/22/10 flips into camera well to make the play

43 - Lance Berkman 5/18/02 runs up the hill in deep CF for the catch

42 - Tommie Agee 1969 WS running catch in deep center

41 - Tommie Agee again, diving catch in right center

40 - Kirby Puckett 1991 WS leaping catch against CF fence

39 - Torii Hunter 2002 AS game, robs Bonds of a HR

38 - Carl Yastrezmski 4/14/67, running and diving catch in deep LF to help save a no-hitter

37 - Ken Griffey Jr. 8/9/98 robs Luis Gonzalez of a HR

36 - Torii Hunter 9/12/03 takes away a HR with a running leap

35 - Mike Cameron 5/23/03 steals a HR in left center

34 - Kirk Gibson (LA) 1988 NLCS diving catch in LF after slipping

33 - Paul Lo Duca 9/17/02 running, sliding catch into the dugout

32 - Derek Jeter 7/1/04 dives into stands headfirst after running catch

31 - Ken Griffey Jr. 5/26/95 leaps headlong into fence, breaks wrist, hangs on

30 - Fred Lynn 9/21/82 nears collides with LF makes catch at fence

29 - Anderson Hernandez 4/5/06 remarkable diving catch in short RF, behind second base position

28 - Ozzie Smith 8/4/86 diving catch behind SS

27 - Bobby Higginson 5/8/99 leaps above RF fence to steal a HR

26 - Ron Swoboda 1969 WS, great diving catch in RF

25 - David Wright 8/9/05 bare handed catch diving behind 3rd in short LF

24 - Kevin Mitchell 4/26/89 bare handed running catch down LF line

23 - Ichiro Suzuki 5/3/05 climbs very high above RF wall to steal a HR

22 - Brett Butler 7/8/94 steals a HR

21 - Ivan Caldeson 7/27/87 climbs LF fence scoreboard, robs Tigers of HR

20 - Ken Griffey Jr. 5/25/91 makes headalong catch, crashing into fence

19 - Otis Nixon 7/25/92 goes very high to steal a HR

18 - Aaron Rowand 5/11/06 makes over the head catch while slamming into fence facefirst

17 - Ken Griffey Jr. 4/26/90 steals a HR from Jesse Barfield

16 - Griffey Sr. 4/19/85 leaps above LF wall to take away a homer

15 - Sandy Alomar Jr. 8/2/94 flips over dugout fence to catch a foul pop

14 - Brian Giles 6/21/03 scales LF fence to rob HR

13 - Mookie Wilson 6/5/87 collides with Lenny Dykstra but still makes running catch

12 - Andruw Jones 8/10/99 running catch going into CF fence

11 - Torii Hunter 5/9/07 changes direction makes catch while falling at CF wall

10 - Curtis Granderson leaps high and reaches over fence to rob a HR 7/8/07

9 - Jim Edmonds 7/16/04 running and leaping to steal a HR in CF

8 - Tony Barron 7/31/97 incredible diving catch in right center, gives up some face also

7 - Devon White 7/31/94, Devo leaps very high, reaches over fence to rob a HR

6 - Kenny Lofton 8/4/96 scales CF fence, goes high and reaches to take away HR

5 - Dwayne Wise 7/23/09 gaves a perfect game by leaping against the fence in CF

4 - 2006 NLCS Endy Chavez leaps against wall, going high, to steal a HR

3 - Gary Matthews Jr. 7/1/06 leaps high and reaches over CF fence to rob Mike Lamb

2 - Jim Edmonds 6/10/97 long run, dives, makes catch with back to infield (best catch ever, IMHO)

1 - Willie Mays, you know the one.

Austin Jackson deserves a mention, and I remember Inge making a worthy catch (as a catcher)

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Austin Jackson's incredible catch, at time 4:04 of the highlights video

Jackson's grab in gem one for the ages | MLB.com: News

And I found Inge's catch also: http://detroit.tigers.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=2803321

Inge makes a remarkable running catch behind 3rd, into medium depth of LF:

http://detroit.tigers.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=4072123

Inge making a remarkable diving grab on a short pop: http://detroit.tigers.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=4942665

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At the beginning of the show, I guessed which ones I thought would be in the top five, and I got four of them. I missed Garry Matthews' catch.

My second favorite is still Endy Chavez reaching over the wall to steal a homer away in Game 7 of the 2006 NLCS. I remember thinking at the time it had to be one of the the five greatest catches in history.

My all-time favorite is the Edmonds catch (#2 above).

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Although I'd never go so far as to call "The Catch" overrated, in the recent Mays bio, I believe he did go on record as saying he doesn't think it was his best catch.

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Although I'd never go so far as to call "The Catch" overrated, in the recent Mays bio, I believe he did go on record as saying he doesn't think it was his best catch.

You're just saying that because you weren't there to photograph it.

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Nice job summarizing the list, by the way, Andy.
Thanks, wish I'd caught the dates on the first four, oh well I'm sure this show will be oft repeated. When Joba made that diving catch, did the earth move for you? It sure did here.

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Ron Leflore didn't make the list. Some of his catches were crazy good. Maybe it was because he didn't always make the correct first step that made those so good or exciting.

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If 6/2/2010 is a perfect game "Whoa, Jackson!!!" makes the list.

I'm almost over it by the way.

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I miss Higgy. I think he got way too much credit then got way too little over the course of his career. He was an above average player for the Tigers though. He was a loser off the field in a ton of ways, but he was just a fun guy to watch.

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I expected Grandy to be snubbed and be much lower on the list.

I am happy with 10, and pleasantly surprised his Indians catch is on there as well

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Although I'd never go so far as to call "The Catch" overrated, in the recent Mays bio, I believe he did go on record as saying he doesn't think it was his best catch.

There was a great catch he made at Candlestick in which he collided with Booby Bonds at the RF field fence. That might be the one he is referring to, and there is a photo of it, although I can't find it online (there's a description here, though). Unfortunately, since there doesn't appear to be any video, it does not make the list.

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There was a great catch he made at Candlestick in which he collided with Booby Bonds at the RF field fence. That might be the one he is referring to, and there is a photo of it, although I can't find it online (there's a description here, though). Unfortunately, since there doesn't appear to be any video, it does not make the list.

YES, in the book that is the one he said was his best. Bummer there doesn't seem to be any video, because the description given in the bio sounds amazing.

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I think I'm in love

Did you ever see the YouTube clip? It's pretty awesome, one of the best I've ever seen on YouTube.

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Did you ever see the YouTube clip? It's pretty awesome, one of the best I've ever seen on YouTube.

Here's the clip. Although I feel the way Da Yooper's parents did when they sat him down about Santa Claus:

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