For four years, Wise’s 12 ¾-inch black Rawlings glove, model PRO 302-4JB, was merely another piece of equipment. Now it lives forever in Cooperstown, N.Y., at the Baseball Hall of Fame.
For more than a decade, Wise has been a baseball nomad, roaming the minors and majors with a .210 career batting average. Now he has an identity. He made the catch that might be the greatest in baseball history.