PIAZZA WAS EQUIPPED TO SUCCEED
Playing behind the plate is among the toughest positions in baseball. Catchers like Mike Piazza could face triple-digit heaters, flying broken bats or collisions with baserunners. Chest protectors, knee pads and face masks are essential for backstops, along with batting helmets for their own offensive plate appearances.
( C ) New York Mets (photo by Heritage Werks)