Mentions of former Arizona Wildcats basketball player Kenny Lofton were filling up my Twitter timeline on Sunday afternoon, so I figured I would join the chorus and share this with you.
Lofton, playing centerfield for the Cleveland Indians on Aug. 4, 1996, raced back on a ball hit by B.J. Surhoff of the Baltimore Orioles, leaped and used his Spiderman skills on the fence to bring back a ball otherwise destined to be a home run.
“I remember that play like it was yesterday,” Lofton said in 2010, when he was inducted into the Indians Hall of Fame. “The funniest part was seeing the guys in the bullpen when I caught the ball. They were going crazy. I’ll never forget it.”
Lofton’s grab is certainly in the thick of the discussion for any ranking of the best catches in major-league history.