It was an awesome baseball play. A young ballplayer rounding third, trying to score as his team rallies from a deficit late in the game. As he rounds third, he sees the throw is going to beat him by a couple of steps. The catcher blocks the plate as he takes the throw. The young ballplayer does the only thing he can do in this situation; he leaps into the air executing a perfect somersault over the catcher landing hands first on home plate, untouched by the stunned catcher. Safe!
I remember reading a passage in Richard Ben Cramer’s biography, Joe DiMaggio, The Hero’s Life, in which he described a young DiMaggio scoring the winning run in a game for the Yankees during his rookie season in just this fashion. Of course, they didn’t have TV coverage of the games back then, much less YouTube, so we can only rely on the box score play by play description and our imagination to picture just how such a seemingly unbelievable play unfolds. Until now.
It’s not, however, the legendary Yankee Clipper we see performing this awesome baseball play. Rather, its a young college shortstop from Fordham named Brian Kownacki who made this play for the (viral video) ages.