Woman makes stellar catch with decades-old glove at Cleveland Indians

ASHTABULA,Ohio - Jan Church spends her days helping adults with disabilities find jobs.

The community employment specialist for the Ashtabula County Board of Developmental Disabilities was at the Indians game Thursday night for a "job club" outing when she made an amazing catch.

Church said she had just warned the disabled group with her to be on the lookout for foul balls in the fifth inning.

"The ball comes off the bat and it is coming right at us. I'm watching it and I can't believe it, it's like slow motion," Church said. "It's kind of going up and, I don't know, I just jumped up and I just caught it, but I didn't know I caught it. So, my arm goes back and I look in my mitt and the ball is in the mitt."

The group had swapped their bleacher seat tickets for an empty handicapped area thanks to the Tribe front office. For Church, it was the right place at the right time, in the right inning.

"Everyone around me was cheering. It was just a blast, it was so much fun," Church said. "I played a lot of softball growing up, I don't anymore, but I did play and I'm sure that helped."

So did the glove she's had oiled up for more than 30 years.

"It is a Rawlins. Luckily, it went into the web of the glove instead of the palm. I didn't even know it was there," Church said. "It's had a lot of good catches on it.

Right now, the Indians front office has her ball. She's hoping Nick Swisher will sign it for her. Swisher tipped his hat twice to her after the memorable catch.

"The Astros hitter (Villar) hit the ball, but I don't want him to sign it. I just love Nick Swisher and the way he played last night," Church said.

The Indians take on the Astros again Friday night. The team is .5  game behind Tampa Bay and Texas for an American League wild card playoff spot.

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