The Backstop Boys: The Greatest Catchers Of All-Time

Sports | 5/17/19

One of the most physically and mentally demanding positions in baseball is catching. Often, catchers are held to a different standard compared to pitchers and infielders. Teams must be strong up the middle, and if you have a quality defensive player with some production, that can lead you to a World Series.

These players did their best to win or set some impressive records. But, there will be at least four more people on this list who will end up in Cooperstown a little bit down the road.

Buck Ewing Was The First Of His Position To Do Something Unique

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Ewing was one of the first of his position to crouch behind the plate. That cut down the time it would take to throw runners out at second, and catch the ball closer to home.

In the early part of his career, Ewing didn’t wear a chest protector or a solid mask.