For baseball players, tracking down a fly ball takes a combination of speed, agility, strength, and anticipation. But sometimes, it also takes a little bit of luck.
Diving catches in baseball can be like an art form—guiding your glove to the perfect spot just above the grass before the ball falls in—but they also can be dangerous. Players have flung themselves into the stands, into walls, and into dirt, leaving all thoughts of personal health and wellbeing behind, all in the name of making a catch.
Here's a look at the most athletic, hard-to-believe, and gravity-defying diving catches in baseball since the turn of the century.