25. Richardson Saves a World Series
Bottom of the 9th, one-run game, two outs—growing up, every kid playing baseball imagines they're the hitter in this situation. But what if you're the second baseman? In Game 7 of the 1962 World Series, one of the greatest ever played, and the last the Yankees would win until 1977, Bobby Richardson and the Bombers led the San Francisco Giants 1-0 in the bottom of the 9th and had registered two outs. But Matty Alou was on third, and Willie Mays on second, and some guy named Willie McCovey at the plate. Some guy named Willie McCovey whom many baseball fans will say hit the ball harder than just about anybody who played the game. McCovey hit a screamer—he'd later call it the hardest ball he'd ever hit—but right at Richardson, who caught it for the final out of the World Series.