MLB: Stevie Wilkerson takes sensational catch at Fenway Park to deny Red Sox home run

Dimitri Kondonis

A spectacular year of sport has seen us treated to a number of brilliant acts of individualism in 2019.

Ben Stokes - on at least three occasions - joined Ellen White, Lucy Bronze, Steven Smith, Kusal Perera and many more in proving just how influential a single sportsperson can be.

But add to that list now the simply breathtaking catch in Major League Baseball which rivals even the greatest cricketing catch.

While Stokes’ stunner against South Africa to open the 2019 World Cup remain fresh in the memory, even the star’s one-handed take has been blown out of the water by this one.

Sep 29, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; Baltimore Orioles center fielder Stevie Wilkerson (12) robs Boston Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley (not pictured) of a home run during the eighth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Baltimore Orioles' Stevie Wilkerson took a sensational catch to deny Jackie Bradley at Fenway Park. Mandatory (Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - SEPTEMBER 29: Stevie Wilkerson #12 of the Baltimore Orioles celebrates with Richie Martin #1 after catching a fly ball from Jackie Bradley Jr. #19 of the Boston Red Sox during the eighth inning at Fenway Park on September 29, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Wilkerson's act can be considered one of the greatest of the year - which is no easy feat. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

For starters, he did not have a fence to contend with.

When Boston Red Sox’s Jackie Bradley Jr connected with the baseball at Fenway Park, he would have expected a home run. Rightly so, given the cleanliness of the hit.

Enter Baltimore Orioles’ Stevie Wilkerson.

With the ball destined for the crowd, Wilkerson leapt and claimed the ball mid-air - while his ribs connected with the fence - and somehow managed to land in style to send onlookers into raptures.

It was a truly astonishing moment to add to the collection for 2019. Watch it above.

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