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elmer
11-14-2008, 06:42 AM
Illustrations of Babe's Official MLB 500 foot home runs
using descriptions and distances provided by
Bill Jenkinson with updated information ongoing.

New York Kid
11-14-2008, 07:12 AM
Illustrations of Babe's Official 500 foot home runs
using descriptions and distances provided by
Bill Jenkinson with updated information ongoing.

He hit the famous one in Tampa on April 4, approximately 587', in an exhibition game against the Giants. His first in a regular season game was on August 23, 1919.

New York Kid
11-14-2008, 07:13 AM
His second that season, and last for the Red Sox, was on September 24.

New York Kid
11-14-2008, 07:17 AM
Then he joined the Yanks, hitting full time.

New York Kid
11-14-2008, 07:18 AM
His second that month was on May 23.

New York Kid
11-14-2008, 07:19 AM
A third in May, Plus TWO on one day in June!!!

New York Kid
11-14-2008, 07:20 AM
In late July ...

New York Kid
11-14-2008, 07:22 AM
For his fifth and final one that year ...

New York Kid
11-14-2008, 07:24 AM
Then came his incredible year of 1921, when he EIGHT regular seasons homers over 500-feet!!!

New York Kid
11-14-2008, 07:25 AM
His second that May ...

New York Kid
11-14-2008, 07:27 AM
Then, two in June.

New York Kid
11-14-2008, 07:28 AM
Then, in July, his first of two - 575-feet!!!

New York Kid
11-14-2008, 07:30 AM
Followed with a 545-feet moon shot out of the Polo Grounds

New York Kid
11-14-2008, 07:34 AM
August 17th, at Comiskey ...

New York Kid
11-14-2008, 07:36 AM
Two in September ...

New York Kid
11-14-2008, 07:38 AM
His record eighth that year ...

doctor_gogol
11-14-2008, 07:43 AM
I was wondering why Babe Ruth would be playing at the Polo Grounds is a non-world series game.

I just looked it up. I had no idea the Yankees played there for 10 years!


BTW- The lumberyard in Detroit that Ruth hit is still standing... so is Navin Field!

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f177/detoth67/Lumberyard.jpg

Incidentally, Reggie Jackson's 71 All Star game HR, when it hit the transformer was still on the ascent. It most definitely would have gone even further.

New York Kid
11-14-2008, 07:48 AM
One in '22. One in '23. ...

New York Kid
11-14-2008, 07:49 AM
In 1924, he hit four more ...

New York Kid
11-14-2008, 07:50 AM
Later that same month of May,

New York Kid
11-14-2008, 07:51 AM
In July ...

New York Kid
11-14-2008, 07:52 AM
In September ...

New York Kid
11-14-2008, 07:58 AM
9/11, again at Fenway

New York Kid
11-14-2008, 08:17 AM
More form second half of career to follow.

stadiumbuilder
11-14-2008, 04:53 PM
Where the heck have you been, NYK? Haven't seen you on here in weeks!

Manhattan
11-14-2008, 10:08 PM
Where the heck have you been, NYK? Haven't seen you on here in weeks!I have read all of the posts the 2home 500 foot home runs the Babe Ruth hit at Old Yankee Stadium.

SHOELESSJOE3
11-15-2008, 04:07 AM
For his fifth and final one that year ...


Here is the write up on that one.

metfan13
11-15-2008, 07:34 AM
This is the one I question. Balls going over roofs or landing across 100 ft streets aren't listed as long as a ball that stayed IN Fenway?

http://www.baseball-fever.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=55124&stc=1&d=1226675962

elmer
11-15-2008, 09:30 AM
metfan13
Registered User


"This is the one I question. Balls going over roofs or landing across 100 ft streets aren't listed as long as a ball that stayed IN Fenway?"

The CF bleachers were in the deepest part of the Fenway lot which
was 550 feet from home plate at the farthest point.
The RC to Center Field set of bleachers was 405' from home plate all the way across to the CF corner where it stopped. Behind this fence was a 10 foot aisle. then a 50 row set of bleachers 100 feet deep.
The back line of the bleachers was 500 feet from home plate. A ball hit to the 40th row where the ball landed would be 485 feet from home plate.
24 feet above the playing field. The rest depends on how the ball was hit.

monkeypants
11-15-2008, 01:26 PM
Here is the write up on that one.

Hmmm...if it went into that garage on the fly. These old time stories of 500-ft homers are not infrequently suspect. That said, there seems little doubt that Ruth hit at least few, well, Ruthian blasts.

New York Kid
11-17-2008, 05:55 AM
Hmmm...if it went into that garage on the fly. These old time stories of 500-ft homers are not infrequently suspect. That said, there seems little doubt that Ruth hit at least few, well, Ruthian blasts.

All of the above have been very thoroughly investigated and documented, monkeypants. But, if there is any fact or evidence overlooked or misinterpreted, however, I strongly encourage all to submit it for objective evaluation. Any calculations or diagrams found to be in error will be immediately corrected - the goal being a fully accurate account of Ruth's slugging power. Thanks in advance for any research, facts, and evidence provided.

Below is a link briefly discussing the most authoritative source of information on the true distance of Ruth's longest shots:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Year_Babe_Ruth_Hit_104_Home_Runs

A chart of his incredible power, compared to other home run leaders:

http://alexreisner.com/baseball/stats/leaders?s=ISO

And a clip of his magnificent swing, which he somehow executed with huge bats, sometimes as heavy as 54 ounces.

New York Kid
11-17-2008, 06:23 AM
This is the one I question. Balls going over roofs or landing across 100 ft streets aren't listed as long as a ball that stayed IN Fenway?

http://www.baseball-fever.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=55124&stc=1&d=1226675962

When Ruth played at Fenway, left field and bleachers were significcantly farther than they are today. In fact, Ruth hit several balls beyond even the famous Ted Williams' titanic 'red seat' blast - even though the Babe batted there FAR less often than did Teddy Ballgame.

http://www.redsoxconnection.com/redseat.html

New York Kid
11-17-2008, 06:39 AM
Where the heck have you been, NYK? Haven't seen you on here in weeks!

Hey Stadium Builder! It's good to hear from ya.

I've been working diligently on researching, documenting and commemorating the great Babe Ruth, and the House He Built.

stuarthouse
11-26-2008, 02:37 PM
Ruth's September 9, 1921 homer at Shibe Park went over the single deck stands in deep LEFT center, not right center. In other words, he didn't get real good wood on it!

As for the Reggie Jackson All-Star homer of 1971. It was the hardest hit ball I have ever seen. Don't know if it was going up. I doubt it. It seemed to hit the transformer squarely. While the descent would not have come close to matching the ascent for distance, 500' is certainly not out of the question for total distance. The difference between Babe and Reggie is that this is THE Reggie Jackson blast. For Babe, it would have merely been another one of his many long ones.

SHOELESSJOE3
11-26-2008, 04:50 PM
Ruth's September 9, 1921 homer at Shibe Park went over the single deck stands in deep LEFT center, not right center. In other words, he didn't get real good wood on it!

As for the Reggie Jackson All-Star homer of 1971. It was the hardest hit ball I have ever seen. Don't know if it was going up. I doubt it. It seemed to hit the transformer squarely. While the descent would not have come close to matching the ascent for distance, 500' is certainly not out of the question for total distance. The difference between Babe and Reggie is that this is THE Reggie Jackson blast. For Babe, it would have merely been another one of his many long ones.

A description of that home run. At that time, that year it was around 380-390 to LCF. Considering it was hit to the opposite field, it was some poke.

New York Kid
11-29-2008, 09:53 AM
Ruth's September 9, 1921 homer at Shibe Park went over the single deck stands in deep LEFT center, not right center. In other words, he didn't get real good wood on it!

As for the Reggie Jackson All-Star homer of 1971. It was the hardest hit ball I have ever seen. Don't know if it was going up. I doubt it. It seemed to hit the transformer squarely. While the descent would not have come close to matching the ascent for distance, 500' is certainly not out of the question for total distance. The difference between Babe and Reggie is that this is THE Reggie Jackson blast. For Babe, it would have merely been another one of his many long ones.

THANK YOU for that correction, stuarthouse. I'll make sure 'left' is changed to 'right' so that the description matches the diagram, which is correct.

New York Kid
11-30-2008, 10:15 AM
Corrected. Thanks stuarthouse. It's good to know these are being carefully reviewed. We aiming to compile a completely accurate historical record of Babe's best shots in these old parks. We're now working on the second half of his career, from 1925 to 1935, and will post them relatively soon.

SultanOfWhat
01-26-2009, 06:25 PM
Great job, New York Kid. But you should use higher-res pics, which would be easier to appreciate.

Here's a pic I found on the "Babe Ruth Pictures" thread of that car dealership window Ruth broke. The owner left it broken for a week as an advertisement.

http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o164/emstc/BabeHR1926WSbreakswindowsecondhomer.jpg

BTW, if you want to see (and hear) Ruth take a 500-foot swing, check out the link below. It's the video clip in the bottom row, second from left. If you hold your cursor over the link, it will start to play in the small window, or you can open it up. The first pitch can't be seen, but the image brightens for the HR swing. Ruth shows incredible mechanics and bat speed, and the sound when the bat hits the ball is unusually high-pitched, as if someone had hit a rock with a baseball bat. This was a 500-foot HR in an exhibition game in NJ.

http://www.thoughtequity.com/video/searchResults.do?search.project=Home&search.type=intermediate&search.keywords=babe+ruth&x=0&y=0&search.withinKeywords=

Direct link (be patient and let the clip load before you play it, as the player is not the best):

http://www.thoughtequity.com/video/clip/331745_019.do

stuarthouse
01-27-2009, 02:36 PM
Another story about the car dealer window smash. Capitalizing even further, I believe the dealer:happy: loaned Babe a big Chevy to drive while he was in town and Ruth could be seen roaring around the streets outside the park the next morning.
You just can't buy that kind of publicity!

SHOELESSJOE3
01-27-2009, 02:44 PM
BTW, if you want to see (and hear) Ruth take a 500-foot swing, check out the link below. It's the video clip in the bottom row, second from left. If you hold your cursor over the link, it will start to play in the small window, or you can open it up. The first pitch can't be seen, but the image brightens for the HR swing. Ruth shows incredible mechanics and bat speed, and the sound when the bat hits the ball is unusually high-pitched, as if someone had hit a rock with a baseball bat. This was a 500-foot HR in an exhibition game in NJ.

http://www.thoughtequity.com/video/searchResults.do?search.project=Home&search.type=intermediate&search.keywords=babe+ruth&x=0&y=0&search.withinKeywords=

Direct link (be patient and let the clip load before you play it, as the player is not the best):

http://www.thoughtequity.com/video/clip/331745_019.do

I've commented on that particular swing in an earlier post. This is the one, the one that shows the dynamite in his swing, bat speed, quick wrists, trail or rear hand coming over the top at impact. The best swing of Babe I've ever seen.

SHOELESSJOE3
01-27-2009, 03:12 PM
As usual another story attached to the one of the Bam's home runs, the window breaker.
That breaking of the auto dealers window came in the 1926 WS against the Cardinals. The pitcher was the Card's Flint Rhem who was 20-7 in 1926.

Ruth hit two off off Rhem and his third off of Herman Bell.
The story was the second home run Babe hit off of Rhem.
You can read the story attached, revolves around Hornsby who thought he knew how to put the brakes on The Babe, join the club Rog.

SultanOfWhat
01-27-2009, 07:44 PM
I just registered with that Thought Equity website that has the Babe Ruth video clip. Then I downloaded it (72 Mb .mov) to my computer. The full-sized clip is much brighter. At the end, you can see fans standing up on the top of the grandstand, looking out beyond the ballpark for where Ruth's shot landed.

Here's what Bill Jenkinson wrote (p. 126-7) about this Ruth home run, which was hit on April 7, 1935 in Newark, NJ:

"...in Newark, Ruth smashed two homers, the second one being the longest ever at Ruppert Stadium. It cleared the fence in deep right center field by some 50 feet and landed outside the park about 500 feet from where it began."

More info here:

http://books.google.com/books?id=vZfgW4HGCa0C&pg=PA59&lpg=PA59&dq=babe+ruth+newark+april+7,+1935+ruppert&source=bl&ots=SOmsrwI4um&sig=tawUN1-d7ijKZ9VICFMvK1vYXE4#PPA59,M1

elmer
04-25-2009, 05:01 AM
These posts will complete Ruth's longest 500 foot+ home runs
in Major League Stadiums.
Searching for added data on each of his long home runs is on-going
and has born fruit. The first example being the home run Babe Hit off
Herb Pennock June 25, 1920. This homer already known to be a long
one to Right Center and hit to the top 3 or 4 rows. The more recent information discovered was that it bounced up against the Adler's Glove
billboard. Using a Sanborn map and known park dimensions, the distance
to the above mentioned rows in front of the sign was calculated.
This was an easy one.

In Yankee Stadium Babe hit numerous balls to Right Center near the scoreboard and to the right of the scoreboard. The homers hit to the right
of the scoreboard rise from front to back as well as side to side. Precise descriptions of landing points are less likely to be understood and estimated.
For instance a home run known to land in the 55th row may actually have landed in the last row but that fact not included in the description and vice versa.
There has been some progress in this right center area but several home runs thought to be in the neighborhood of 500 feet may forever be enigmatic.

The Polo Grounds was another park where it could be tricky to estimate a home run.
the entire space from the foul line to the far Corner in RC was often called right field even when it was in straight right center and very deep right center. The Herb Pennock home run
and another, most recently brought to light, is Babe's homer of July 30, 1921. It is virtually identical to the Pennock homer save being hit about 10 feet more to the right of it.


This final round of Babe's 500 footers will lead with two discovered after initial postings.

elmer
04-25-2009, 05:06 AM
Babe Ruth 500 Foot Home Runs/MLB Parks Con't

elmer
04-25-2009, 05:11 AM
Yankee Stadium Babe Ruth 500 Foot Home Runs/MLB Parks Con't

elmer
04-25-2009, 05:13 AM
Babe Ruth 500 Foot Home Runs/MLB Parks Con't Bronx

elmer
04-25-2009, 05:15 AM
Babe Ruth 500 Foot Home Runs/MLB Parks Con't Fenway:

elmer
04-25-2009, 05:17 AM
Babe Ruth 500 Foot Home Runs/MLB Parks Con't Navin

elmer
04-25-2009, 05:19 AM
Babe Ruth 500 Foot Home Runs/MLB Parks Con't League Park

elmer
04-25-2009, 05:22 AM
Babe Ruth 500 Foot Home Runs/MLB Parks Con't FenwayPark

elmer
04-25-2009, 05:27 AM
Babe Ruth 500 Foot Home Runs/MLB Parks Con't Comisk.

elmer
04-25-2009, 05:30 AM
Babe Ruth 500 Foot Home Runs/MLB Parks Con't Fenwayc

elmer
04-25-2009, 05:32 AM
Babe Ruth 500 Foot Home Runs/MLB Parks Con'tGriffith
this home run may be edited slightly for location due to a possible confusion with another home run at Griffith that may
or may not have gone 500 feet. No doubt about the distance of this one at more than 475' feet from home plate. This homer
could have traveled more than 500 feet.

stadiumbuilder
04-25-2009, 05:38 AM
Very cool! Almost seems like a book could be written about these shots. Looks like Ruth was more of a straightaway hitter than I would have guessed.

elmer
04-25-2009, 05:44 AM
Babe Ruth 500 Foot Home Runs/MLB Parks Con't Shibe Park
Landing not far from the corner of W. Somerset and N. Twentieth Streets

elmer
04-25-2009, 05:47 AM
Babe Ruth 500 Foot Home Runs/MLB Parks Con'tFenwayParkd

elmer
04-25-2009, 05:50 AM
Babe Ruth 500 Foot Home Runs/MLB Parks Con'tYankee Stad.

elmer
04-25-2009, 05:53 AM
Babe Ruth 500 Foot Home Runs/MLB Parks Con't NavinFieldbc

elmer
04-25-2009, 06:00 AM
Babe Ruth 500 Foot Home Runs/MLB Parks Con'tYankee Stadiume

elmer
04-25-2009, 06:01 AM
Babe Ruth 500 Foot Home Runs/MLB Parks Con'tShibe

elmer
04-25-2009, 06:15 AM
Babe Ruth 500 Foot Home Runs/MLB Parks Con'tShibePark

elmer
04-25-2009, 06:17 AM
Babe Ruth 500 Foot Home Runs/MLB Parks Con'tYStad.

elmer
04-25-2009, 06:23 AM
Babe Ruth 500 Foot Home Runs/MLB Parks Con'tYank Stadium

elmer
04-25-2009, 06:25 AM
Babe Ruth 500 Foot Home Runs/MLB Parks Con'tFenPrka

elmer
04-25-2009, 06:42 AM
Babe Ruth 500 Foot Home Runs/MLB Parks Con't Yankee Stadiumf
Misprinted as 400 feet in Jenkinson Book

mandrake
04-25-2009, 06:43 AM
I did not read the entire thread, but a MUST read is "the Year Babe Ruth hit 104 Home Runs". It ends legends, speculations, hear say, denials, etc etc. A well researched book. BTW, Ruth had his best year at the Polo Grounds ! And the original dimensions at YS were very close to the Polo Grounds at that time. Only later did the 2 parks start changing.

elmer
04-25-2009, 06:45 AM
Babe Ruth 500 Foot Home Runs/MLB Parks Con'tNavinFieldDetroit

elmer
04-25-2009, 06:48 AM
Babe Ruth 500 Foot Home Runs/MLB Parks Con'tForbes Field

elmer
04-25-2009, 06:51 AM
Babe Ruth 500 Foot Home Runs/MLB Parks Con'tForbesField

SHOELESSJOE3
04-25-2009, 09:34 AM
Nice work ELMER, I will add your pics to my collection. I have a few some where, smaller in size, will post if I can find them.

SHOELESSJOE3
04-25-2009, 09:36 AM
Nice work ELMER, I will add your pics to my collection. I have a few some where, smaller pictures in size, will post if I can find them. [Quote]

Not all are 500 foot jobs but worthy of note.

stuarthouse
04-28-2009, 08:03 PM
Based on several enlarged photos of that huge Yankee Stadium right field bleacher, I count 66 rows of benches, not 70. Any way you slice it, a batter who could hit a ball past the 350' mark on the wall to the rear of that bleacher really got hold of one. That bleacher appears to be about 130-180' wide relative to the ground, angled out away from the plate and probably 30-50' above ground level at its highest point. Does anyone have access to engineering drawings giving such measurements? It would be interesting to know exactly how far that angle where the water barrel was located actually was from home plate.

SultanOfWhat
04-28-2009, 11:19 PM
Based on several enlarged photos of that huge Yankee Stadium right field bleacher, I count 66 rows of benches, not 70. Any way you slice it, a batter who could hit a ball past the 350' mark on the wall to the rear of that bleacher really got hold of one. That bleacher appears to be about 130-180' wide relative to the ground, angled out away from the plate and probably 30-50' above ground level at its highest point. Does anyone have access to engineering drawings giving such measurements? It would be interesting to know exactly how far that angle where the water barrel was located actually was from home plate.

It's 475 feet from the plate, and at least 40 feet in the air.

from elmer:

http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o164/emstc/schem.jpg

http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o164/emstc/RuthbarrelexteriorSeptember281932wa.jpg

Lots of pics and discussion on that HR here:

http://www.baseball-fever.com/showthread.php?t=21998&page=32

elmer
05-02-2009, 06:03 AM
Illustrations of Babe's Official MLB 500 foot home runs
using descriptions and distances provided by
Bill Jenkinson with updated information ongoing.

The First graphic illustration is of Ruth's homer of 5/31/1924, The description
has been slightly clarified to better understand this home run.

The estimate of the second illustration has been increased from 495'.

SHOELESSJOE3
05-02-2009, 09:49 AM
The First graphic illustration is of Ruth's homer of 5/31/1924, The description
has been slightly clarified to better understand this home run.

The estimate of the second illustration has been increased from 495'.


Nice work Elmer. I've always thought that Babe's base of the scoreboard shot was near the top of the list at Yankee Stadium and one of his longest any where.

stuarthouse
05-02-2009, 02:53 PM
The First graphic illustration is of Ruth's homer of 5/31/1924, The description
has been slightly clarified to better understand this home run.

The estimate of the second illustration has been increased from 495'.

In May 1956 Mantle hit a high fly that struck the roof facade at YS in right field. Sports Illustrated soon thereafter printed a photo from home plate tracing some of the stadium's longest shots. They credit Ruth with striking the scoreboard in 1928. This is the only such reference I have found of such a feat. If it occurred, it must have been in practice. The closest I can come to finding a similar blow in 1928 is his July 8 bomb off Blaeholder of the Browns
to a point just below the scoreboard. Comments, anyone?

SHOELESSJOE3
05-02-2009, 03:20 PM
In May 1956 Mantle hit a high fly that struck the roof facade at YS in right field. Sports Illustrated soon thereafter printed a photo from home plate tracing some of the stadium's longest shots. They credit Ruth with striking the scoreboard in 1928. This is the only such reference I have found of such a feat. If it occurred, it must have been in practice. The closest I can come to finding a similar blow in 1928 is his July 8 bomb off Blaeholder of the Browns
to a point just below the scoreboard. Comments, anyone?

Not the final word on this one but speaking for myself, I've never read where Babe hit the scoreboad at Yankee Stadium.

Armando Criscione
05-02-2009, 03:53 PM
I was wondering why Babe Ruth would be playing at the Polo Grounds is a non-world series game.

I just looked it up. I had no idea the Yankees played there for 10 years!


BTW- The lumberyard in Detroit that Ruth hit is still standing... so is Navin Field!

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f177/detoth67/Lumberyard.jpg

Incidentally, Reggie Jackson's 71 All Star game HR, when it hit the transformer was still on the ascent. It most definitely would have gone even further.

Great illustration! It's amazing that Brooks Lumber is still there after all of these years. I wonder if they still have the ball...

SultanOfWhat
05-05-2009, 01:52 PM
In May 1956 Mantle hit a high fly that struck the roof facade at YS in right field. Sports Illustrated soon thereafter printed a photo from home plate tracing some of the stadium's longest shots. They credit Ruth with striking the scoreboard in 1928. This is the only such reference I have found of such a feat. If it occurred, it must have been in practice. The closest I can come to finding a similar blow in 1928 is his July 8 bomb off Blaeholder of the Browns
to a point just below the scoreboard. Comments, anyone?

Do you know the date of that issue, or at least the month? SI issues from 1956 are available on ebay.

http://shop.ebay.com/items/?_nkw=sports+illustrated+1956&_sacat=0&_trksid=p3286.m270.l1313&_odkw=sports+ilustrated+1956&_osacat=0

RichardLillard1
05-05-2009, 11:42 PM
How about the one on 18 June,1921 (I think)? Ruth hits one to almost straightaway center which leaves Navin Field, goes over the single decked bleachers and lands in the far side of the intersection of Kaline (forget what it was called then) and Trumbull. Estimated at least 575 feet.


Richard

SultanOfWhat
05-07-2009, 02:33 AM
How about the one on 18 June,1921 (I think)? Ruth hits one to almost straightaway center which leaves Navin Field, goes over the single decked bleachers and lands in the far side of the intersection of Kaline (forget what it was called then) and Trumbull. Estimated at least 575 feet.


Richard

That HR is depicted in post #12 on page 1 of this thread.

stuarthouse
05-07-2009, 06:13 PM
That HR is depicted in post #12 on page 1 of this thread.

Cherry Street. In 1921 this was considered to be the longest home run ever hit in a regular game. It was detailed in The Reach Guide for 1922. Harry Bullion of the Detroit Free Press estimated the length at no less than 590' on the carry. I have seen other references use 602', which seems to impart the idea that it was carefully measured by someone. It is still considered the longest confirmed drive in big league history.

stuarthouse
05-07-2009, 06:16 PM
Do you know the date of that issue, or at least the month? SI issues from 1956 are available on ebay.

http://shop.ebay.com/items/?_nkw=sports+illustrated+1956&_sacat=0&_trksid=p3286.m270.l1313&_odkw=sports+ilustrated+1956&_osacat=0
I don't know the issue date. All I have is the little photo. I believe it was soon after that facade shot by Mantle, which was sometime in May.

RichardLillard1
05-07-2009, 08:15 PM
Missed that one, sorry guys.

This thread is great by the way. I love checking in on the diagrams.


Richard

SultanOfWhat
05-07-2009, 08:29 PM
Article just after the Mantle HR in 1956, but no mention of Ruth hitting the scoreboard, from the SI Vault from June 18, 1956:

http://vault.sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1069805/index.htm

No pics of YS, though. If you have a pic, could you scan and post it?

EDIT: Wow, the actual image of each SI issue is also available. Click on the "view this issue" button on the Mantle story page. No images other than Mickey swinging, though. The search continues...

stuarthouse
05-08-2009, 05:27 AM
Article just after the Mantle HR in 1956, but no mention of Ruth hitting the scoreboard, from the SI Vault from June 18, 1956:

http://vault.sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1069805/index.htm

No pics of YS, though. If you have a pic, could you scan and post it?

EDIT: Wow, the actual image of each SI issue is also available. Click on the "view this issue" button on the Mantle story page. No images other than Mickey swinging, though. The search continues...

This is the issue, June 18, 1956!!!

SultanOfWhat
05-08-2009, 12:34 PM
This is the issue, June 18, 1956!!!

Well, that issue is available online, and there is no picture of Yankee Stadium in it.

http://vault.sportsillustrated.cnn.com/edb/reader.html?magID=SI&issueDate=19560618&mode=reader_vault

Interestingly, that issue had four missing pages (37-40) everywhere but New England. But I was able to find a youtube video that shows the missing pages. Still no home run mapping picture of Yankee Stadium. There is an ad for a book called "Wake up the Echoes" with a picture of Babe Ruth saying farewell to Yankee Stadium dressed in his uniform, though.

http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o164/emstc/YouTube-SportsIllustrated1956Yankee.jpg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2veTgO7S0-4&feature=PlayList&p=859FAB3E8E6150BC&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=39

SHOELESSJOE3
05-10-2009, 02:42 PM
Change in the fair/foul rule in 1931.
The fact that Ruth hit some so far in distance at times worked against him. He had an unknown number of drives that left the parks or landed deep into single decked bleachers that were fair passing the foul pole but curved foul, they were declared foul balls.
Had some not been hit so deep some would have landed in fair territory.
There were more single decked parks early in his career allowing for more distance for balls to "hook" into foul territory even though fair when passing the foul pole, how many we will never know, the exact number.
More stadiums today double decked, less chance of fair balls curving foul, also wouldn't matter today, they would be called fair today, home runs.

SultanOfWhat
05-28-2009, 10:20 PM
Well, going through elmer's diagrams, I found the mention of a Babe shot that supposedly hit the back wall of the bleachers:

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_Q_Zerpnj63I/Sh9vr_j9TuI/AAAAAAAAGsw/4VFgp-cyxwg/s800/new7.14.24.-1.jpg

Jenkinson's descriptions of the two Ruth home runs that day:

"Line drive deep into right field bleachers" 440 feet (7th inning 2nd game solo HR)
"Almost to scoreboard in deep right center" 495 feet (8th inning 2nd game 3-run HR)

elmer
06-06-2009, 05:29 AM
Based on several enlarged photos of that huge Yankee Stadium right field bleacher, I count 66 rows of benches, not 70. Any way you slice it, a batter who could hit a ball past the 350' mark on the wall to the rear of that bleacher really got hold of one. That bleacher appears to be about 130-180' wide relative to the ground, angled out away from the plate and probably 30-50' above ground level at its highest point. Does anyone have access to engineering drawings giving such measurements? It would be interesting to know exactly how far that angle where the water barrel was located actually was from home plate.

Recent work based on photos and a blueprint of the original Stadium bleachers found by Shoeless indicates a depth of close to 135 feet. The blueprint does not indicate the 8-10 foot space behind the top level. Along with two photos indicating 66 rows the blueprint also illustrates 66 original rows. At this time it is not known if 4 more rows were later constructed behind the top row. The blueprint dimensions are unclear but with the help of several photos it is concluded that the aisle in the front row is 5 feet deep
and the depth of the bleachers behind the front row at a depth of 120 feet.
The height of the back wall to the seat of the top bleacher is approximately
45 1/2 feet from the pavement behind the stadium.
According to the blueprint the retaining wall behind the top level measures 12 1/2 feet above the level. In some photos it appears higher.
The angle of the bleachers is 14 degrees or a tad over.
The height of the retaining wall supports can be estimated from the height of the man. These supports can be seen in the photo on post 73.

jerseyyankeefan
06-06-2009, 06:58 AM
If you look at how the Babe swung, his swing was always big, but it developed into what I would call a softball-step-up swing.

His feet were close together, the right foot almost behind the left, and then he'd uncoil with a large stride. Sometimes he'd even take two strides into the ball. I'm not sure you could take two strides with today's pitching with guys regularly throwing into the lower-mid 90's.

stuarthouse
06-06-2009, 07:27 AM
If you look at how the Babe swung, his swing was always big, but it developed into what I would call a softball-step-up swing.

His feet were close together, the right foot almost behind the left, and then he'd uncoil with a large stride. Sometimes he'd even take two strides into the ball. I'm not sure you could take two strides with today's pitching with guys regularly throwing into the lower-mid 90's.

I too have seen the film of Ruth taking a bit of a hop before swinging. The speed of the ball would not be the issue in such cases, but rather the type of delivery of the pitcher, who may have used a hesitation. Interestingly, Ted Williams can be seen doing the same thing. Both clips appear in Baseball by Ken Burns.

SHOELESSJOE3
06-06-2009, 08:19 AM
If you look at how the Babe swung, his swing was always big, but it developed into what I would call a softball-step-up swing.

His feet were close together, the right foot almost behind the left, and then he'd uncoil with a large stride. Sometimes he'd even take two strides into the ball. I'm not sure you could take two strides with today's pitching with guys regularly throwing into the lower-mid 90's.

Your taking in two or three of the same videos of Babe stepping into a pitch, they are the same few we see over and over. Really, how many pitchers would be serving a ball on silver platter to Babe Ruth, if anything they would probably reaching back and giving it their all in most cases.


Some hard throwers here, two of the greatest.
In his career he hit 10 home runs off of Walter Johnson, true a number came off of Walter in the 1920s, his later years. On the other hand the younger Babe 1915-1919 did not have that many at bats against Walter, he played every 4th or 5th day from 1914 -1917, pitcher only.

He hit 9 homers off of Lefty Grove one of the greatest and hardest throwers in the game and never faced Grove until mid season 1925 and Ruth was in the game for 10 years in 1925. He also lost one off of Grove in 1930, the ball cleared the wall at Shibe but struck speaker supports, a double.

I would think that if in todays game, he would most likely go to a lighter bat. He did know the art hitting, not just homers he has the 5th highest career batting average in modern times.

Bottom line, what pitcher in his right mind is going to lob one to Babe Ruth.

jerseyyankeefan
06-07-2009, 12:54 PM
I don't know what clips, but there are several. Most hitters don't change their stance or approach from at-bat to at-bat (I know there have been some). My point is that he simply took a softball swing that generated great bat speed, with a very heavy bat. I bellieve he'd be a great player in any era.

SHOELESSJOE3
06-07-2009, 01:56 PM
I don't know what clips, but there are several. Most hitters don't change their stance or approach from at-bat to at-bat (I know there have been some). My point is that he simply took a softball swing that generated great bat speed, with a very heavy bat. I bellieve he'd be a great player in any era.

Depending on what you mean by several. I'm giving a number, I don't think in my years of following and watching Ruth that there a half a dozen of those type swings, that might be a stretch. Many of them are shown over and over. Same as his home run trots, some of the same shown time and time again.
For all that he did in the game there really isn't that much different footage of him.
I'm in agreement with you, I have seen the swings you describe but don't think they were great in number.
Also Ruth did for a short time only use a bat 50+ ounces but mostly used a 44 and 42 ounce, about the same size Hornsby and Dimaggio used and he was bigger and stronger than they were.

Gehrig27
06-07-2009, 05:32 PM
Could someone put up that Yankee Stadium bleacher blueprint; it would really help me with the 1923 model I'm planning.

SultanOfWhat
06-08-2009, 12:15 AM
I've seen Ruth do that "crow hop" only a few times. It seems to have been something he did for a short time. However, it's pretty impressive to think that Ruth felt so comfortable in the batter's box that he would suddenly alter his center of gravity as a pitch was being delivered.

Regarding Ruth against today's pitchers, as others have said (including Bill Jenkinson), Ruth's talent was such that he would have been an all-time great in any era. He would be great today no matter what his stance, though of course he would adapt as needed to maximize his performance.

The thing I can't figure out about Ruth's swing is that hitch -- with the bat not toward the pitcher (something Daryl Strawberry and Gary Sheffield have done; Strawberry gently, and Sheffield violently), but away from his own body. I played baseball on and off for 20 years (though just in college and adult baseball leagues), so I've done a good bit of swinging against live pitching, but I can't understand how Ruth got the barrel of his bat from a position facing away from his body into the hitting zone. The fact that he did it while swinging an unnaturally heavy bat and yet managed to generate amazing bat speed makes it even more mystifying.

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_Q_Zerpnj63I/SbQrq6C4UjI/AAAAAAAADyM/IwSPVt9SAUE/s800/August%207%2C%201928.jpg
07 Aug 1928, Boston, Massachusetts, USA --- Babe Ruth shown swinging as the ball nears the plate. (Note ball under letter "W" on the word "Tydwell")

elmer
06-08-2009, 05:01 AM
Could someone put up that Yankee Stadium bleacher blueprint; it would really help me with the 1923 model I'm planning.

http://www.guernseys.com/auctions/stadium/index.html
http://www.liveauctioneers.com/catalog/17096

MarthaT
06-08-2009, 07:28 AM
fantastic pictures and illustrations, would certainly have been fun to be around for a few of those hits :bowdown:

SultanOfWhat
08-04-2009, 04:58 PM
elmer, will you or new york kid make pics for the Babe's 2 500-foot World Series home runs (both hit on 10-6-26 in Sportsman's Park)?

I believe that this is the Babe's swing on the CF home run that traveled 530 feet that day:

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_Q_Zerpnj63I/SnjH1m_CsSI/AAAAAAAAIhc/dwpKBBaH6vw/s800/51689985.jpg

Though the pic above didn't specify that, the one below has a caption of "October 6, 1926 Game 4 after hitting his 3rd home run" (Ruth's 3rd that day was the CF 530-footer). The batter's box chalk marking are exactly the same in both pics, and the dirt pattern on home plate is almost identical, suggesting they are from the same at bat.

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_Q_Zerpnj63I/SnjH2XSH0eI/AAAAAAAAIhg/BmKYDuNN1UE/s800/October%206%2C%201926.%20gm%204%20after%20hitting% 20his%20third%20home%20run.jpg

Here's the Babe after hitting the first of his 3 HRs that day in the first inning:

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_Q_Zerpnj63I/SnjH39L57-I/AAAAAAAAIhk/c7iCOZ2XuYQ/s800/home%20run%20in%201st%20inning%20of%204th%20game%2 01926%2C%2010-6%20World%20Series.jpg

Here's a blast Ruth hit during an exhibition game in Ebbets Field in 1929 that was probably 500-feet or more (landing location after Bill Jenkinson):

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_Q_Zerpnj63I/SnjH5BC_FkI/AAAAAAAAIho/TsiSHN8_KpI/s800/ruth%20ebbets%20clear3.jpg

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_Q_Zerpnj63I/SnjH6Ebwo4I/AAAAAAAAIhs/lRCCSIRD0PA/s800/ruth%20ebbets2.jpg

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_Q_Zerpnj63I/SnjH693fL8I/AAAAAAAAIhw/yoqh8ANKo3E/s800/brooklyn06-1.jpg

Here's another look at the Babe's pronounced hitch, which he used to generate enormous power:

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_Q_Zerpnj63I/SnjH7a2uneI/AAAAAAAAIh0/LoBJnz7vGvA/s800/Fenway%20Park%20late%20in%20Ruth%27s%20career.jpg

One of my favorite Babe pics, listed as from June 4, 1920:

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_Q_Zerpnj63I/SnjH7-BCRgI/AAAAAAAAIh4/tKBNJNQ1o0A/s800/June%204%2C%201920%20k.jpg

elmer
08-05-2009, 03:14 AM
elmer, will you or new york kid make pics for the Babe's 2 500-foot World Series home runs (both hit on 10-6-26 in Sportsman's Park)?

will do later SoW.

What is the source of the Ebbets Field landing point. I have been
looking for the location of the pig pens the ball landed in for several years.

elmer
08-05-2009, 05:48 AM
World Series Home Run 1926

elmer
08-05-2009, 07:18 AM
World Series Home Run 1926

SultanOfWhat
08-05-2009, 11:38 AM
elmer, will you or new york kid make pics for the Babe's 2 500-foot World Series home runs (both hit on 10-6-26 in Sportsman's Park)?

will do later SoW.

What is the source of the Ebbets Field landing point. I have been
looking for the location of the pig pens the ball landed in for several years.

The source of the landing point for the Ebbets Field HR is a photo with an arrow in Bill Jenkinson's The Year Babe Ruth Hit 104 Home Runs, page 88 (softcover).

Thanks so much for making those two additional pictures.

I realize that I posted the pic below in the wrong place earlier in this thread (with the regular season blast in St. Louis, instead of the World Series home run, which has just been posted), so I'll post it again here:

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_Q_Zerpnj63I/SnnRYZtaXvI/AAAAAAAAIis/EglA4J5RKH8/s800/BabeHR1926WSbreakswindowsecondhomer.jpg

Thanks again to elmer and new york kid for their excellent research and images.

SHOELESSJOE3
08-07-2009, 05:11 PM
World Series Home Run 1926

More on that third homer into the CF bleachers, 1926 World Series.
Have an article but can't locate it at this time, will post it if I can find it. According to that article the ball took one or two hops and bounced into the street, coming to rest in front of the YMCA building.

This pic taken in later years, park layout about the same as in 1926.

SHOELESSJOE3
08-07-2009, 05:21 PM
More on the the first and second homers in the 1926 WS.

Hornsby comes to the mound and you can see his words to the pitcher, how to pitch to Babe. He even seems to acknowledge that the pitcher did pitch to Ruth in the right manner but that first homer "was just lucky." It appears that he did not have any instructions to the pitcher on that third homer into the CF bleachers.

In the second story after the game he claims Ruth was not properly pitched to.

elmer
08-19-2009, 05:20 PM
Babe's ballpark and 2009 YS

SultanOfWhat
08-23-2009, 04:46 PM
Nice graphic. Shows you why pitchers prioritized pitching outside to Ruth at YS, even more than at other ballparks.

SultanOfWhat
09-09-2009, 08:48 AM
The Amazon webpage for Bill Jenkinson's next book is now up (release date of March 2, 2010):

"Baseball's Ultimate Power: Ranking the All-Time Greatest Distance Home Run Hitters" (Paperback)

http://www.amazon.com/Baseballs-Ultimate-Power-All-Time-Greatest/dp/1599215446/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1252511071&sr=8-3

More insight into the Bambino's career, for sure.

grimthorpe
09-09-2009, 08:55 PM
More on the the first and second homers in the 1926 WS.

Hornsby comes to the mound and you can see his words to the pitcher, how to pitch to Babe. He even seems to acknowledge that the pitcher did pitch to Ruth in the right manner but that first homer "was just lucky." It appears that he did not have any instructions to the pitcher on that third homer into the CF bleachers.

In the second story after the game he claims Ruth was not properly pitched to.

I believe in that series the Babe put a dent in the scoreboard above the bleachers in straightaway left field, estimated at 450' or so. Not bad for an opposite field shot.

grimthorpe
09-09-2009, 09:31 PM
I believe in the Jenkinson book it mentioned that Ruth hit balls completely out of Yankee Stadium in batting practice, according to a reporter. Anybody know about this?

SultanOfWhat
09-10-2009, 12:01 AM
I believe in the Jenkinson book it mentioned that Ruth hit balls completely out of Yankee Stadium in batting practice, according to a reporter. Anybody know about this?

Some info here:

http://www.baseball-fever.com/showpost.php?p=1533083&postcount=861

According to Jenkinson, Segar maintains that Ruth left the Stadium more than once during BP.

SultanOfWhat
09-10-2009, 12:24 AM
I believe in that series the Babe put a dent in the scoreboard above the bleachers in straightaway left field, estimated at 450' or so. Not bad for an opposite field shot.

That home run happened on July 8, 1925. According to Jenkinson (p. 62), "...Babe blasted an opposite field shot that topped the left field bleachers and hit the scoreboard. It was the only time a left-handed batter accomplished this deed in a stadium that remained in use until 1966."

Landing spot as per Jenkinson diagram, p. 371. That's the Babe himself in LF in the second pic (actually, in both, as the second is just a zoomed-in portion of the first pic):

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_Q_Zerpnj63I/SqipY120uCI/AAAAAAAAJpU/h_T30RO2o7E/s800/Ruth%20scoreboard.jpg

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_Q_Zerpnj63I/SqipZv03vQI/AAAAAAAAJpY/XJmz9PQ4bLc/s800/Babe%20scoreboard%202.jpg

elmer
09-28-2009, 11:44 AM
in keeping with thread:

Rain Man
09-30-2009, 12:55 PM
Followed with a 545-feet moon shot out of the Polo Grounds

Maybe it's been brought to your attention but Jenkinson's book on Ruth states
that he homered in Cleveland that day. Who's right?

Best, Rain Man (Raymond)

MarthaT
09-30-2009, 01:39 PM
The Amazon webpage for Bill Jenkinson's next book is now up (release date of March 2, 2010):

"Baseball's Ultimate Power: Ranking the All-Time Greatest Distance Home Run Hitters" (Paperback)

http://www.amazon.com/Baseballs-Ultimate-Power-All-Time-Greatest/dp/1599215446/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1252511071&sr=8-3

More insight into the Bambino's career, for sure.



That's a wonderful book, my father recently let me borrow that one to read

SultanOfWhat
09-30-2009, 02:24 PM
Maybe it's been brought to your attention but Jenkinson's book on Ruth states
that he homered in Cleveland that day. Who's right?

Best, Rain Man (Raymond)

No, Jenkinson's book, p. 145 and p. 308 (as well as the Baseball Reference Babe Ruth home run log, linked below) states that Ruth homered on July 31, 1921 in New York at the Polo Grounds, against Cleveland.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/event_hr.cgi?t=b&n1=ruthba01

gator92
09-30-2009, 07:11 PM
That's a wonderful book, my father recently let me borrow that one to read

Bill's going to be mad that you got hold of it before the printers did...

SultanOfWhat
09-30-2009, 09:17 PM
That's a wonderful book, my father recently let me borrow that one to read

I believe that you're thinking of Bill Jenkinson's The Year Babe Ruth Hit 104 Home Runs. The Amazon link I provided is to Bill's new book, due out next March, which will focus on long-distance sluggers more widely.

One of the contributors here ( I think it was elmer) wrote of Bill Jenkinson's new effort:

Jenkinson's book will list the top 10 longest homers for a given number of players and a list of those who hit them the farthest among other things. The top sluggers will receive about half a dozen pages of text discussing long shots.

SultanOfWhat
11-17-2009, 05:18 PM
New blurb on Bill Jenkinson's new book is up on Amazon:

Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: The Lyons Press; First edition (March 2, 2010)

Product Description

The “tape-measure home run” is the greatest single act of power in the game of baseball, and the tales of these homers are the most cherished legacies players and fans hand down through the generations. Each long-distance shot has become fable; they are baseball’s versions of the feats of Paul Bunyon, Hercules, and Samson.

No one but Bill Jenkinson could separate myth from fact and actually study, rank, and describe in riveting detail baseball’s strongest long-ball hitters. Fully illustrated with player photos and aerial ballpark photos showing the landing spots of each stadium’s longest home runs, Baseball’s Ultimate Power is the definitive book on the tape-measure home run and its practitioners. Jenkinson travels through the decades to give us the distances, descriptions, and comparisons of the forty longest hitters in major league history, the ten longest-hitting active players, the five mightiest from the nineteenth century, and the five best tape-measure batsmen from the Negro League era.

SultanOfWhat
12-25-2009, 04:37 AM
http://lh6.ggpht.com/_Q_Zerpnj63I/SzSyfKvxUoI/AAAAAAAAOfE/jljVuabAB-o/s800/51FXckGsyCL._SS500_.jpg

SultanOfWhat
03-30-2010, 11:49 AM
Okay---it's springtime, so I'm waking this thread from hibernation!

Jenkinson has tweaked a few distances on Ruth's home runs for his new book:

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_Q_Zerpnj63I/S6PBM5lu0eI/AAAAAAAAUiQ/Xzy2afeNIKo/s800/scans%20001.jpg

According to Jenkinson's research, there have been 9 MLB HRs of 540 feet or more, and the Babe hit 5 of them. And not only did Ruth hit the three longest home runs in MLB history, but he also hit the longest double and triple, as well.

Iowanic
03-30-2010, 11:55 AM
The 'ole Babe was really uncorking in 21' wasn't he?

elmer
04-04-2010, 05:58 AM
more on Babe's longest of July 18, 1921.

References to the homer hitting clearing the roof of Roesink's Pants Store
located on the corner of Cherry and Trumbull.

elmer
04-04-2010, 06:05 AM
Roof of Roesinks Pants Store

elmer
04-04-2010, 07:04 AM
more on Roesinks and Babe's homer of 7.18.1921

SultanOfWhat
04-04-2010, 08:10 AM
Edited to add: I posted the two pics at the bottom before I saw elmer's pic just above, but I'll leave them here in case they might be useful.

In regards to that pic, elmer, when Bill Jenkinson references a distance of 560 feet on the Navin Field blue prints for the corner Ruth's shot overflew, is he referring to the corner marked by the yellow arrow? And is the spot marked by the red arrow either the 467 or 484 figure?

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_Q_Zerpnj63I/S7ivBW8sVsI/AAAAAAAAVNY/N48GvB2C7vg/s800/Roesink%20arrows%203..jpg


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Here are two photos that show that building (with the pants sign on the roof). We seem to have some conflicting data (467 or 484 feet to the CF corner, the ball either hitting off the pants sign roof or flying over the roof).

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_Q_Zerpnj63I/S7is-K8V3zI/AAAAAAAAVLU/Zkd2Hc4XACQ/s800/navin%20fpants%20arrow.jpg

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_Q_Zerpnj63I/S7is_BSVhEI/AAAAAAAAVLY/xfGFCRNCy-Q/s800/June%208%2C%201926.%20Navin%20Field%20Detroit%20pa nts%20sign%20roof%20arrow.jpg

stuarthouse
04-04-2010, 10:50 AM
Baseball history sites seem to confirm that the centerfield corner of Navin field from 1912 through 1929 was 467'. It is not unreasonable to believe that the centerfield outer stadium corner was 550-560' from home plate. I have Frick's book and was never able to reconcile Frick's account with the known Ruth homers to center in Detroit. I am now beginning to suspect that it was the July 18, 1921 homer off Bert Cole. The difference between the perceptions of the fans near field level and Frick's memory can be accounted for by Frick's vastly superior press box vantage point. The ball did not land in the intersection, but struck the roof of the Rosink's Pants building just the the LEFT of the intersection. If it landed on the far side of the apex of the roof, it might have appeared to have cleared the structure entirely. In either case a howitzer shot.

SultanOfWhat
04-04-2010, 11:46 AM
Is the 467' figure (to which I usually find a 1927 date attached, though the layout might have been the same between 1921 and 1927) represented by the light blue arrow or the white arrow (field of play) or the purple arrow (actual stadium structure corner)?

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_Q_Zerpnj63I/S7jfQfZHpmI/AAAAAAAAVOU/9kidt6ODM3s/s800/Roesink%20multi%20arrows%202..jpg

Here's the field view and the same colored arrows:

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_Q_Zerpnj63I/S7jgIYZpErI/AAAAAAAAVPE/T-_ny2At4uo/s800/Roesroof%20arrows..jpg

Honus Wagner Rules
10-25-2013, 12:07 PM
Bump! :happy:

SultanOfWhat
10-26-2013, 11:23 AM
I didn't post the info at the link below in this thread, as the Ruth home runs in question have no distance estimates attached, and were not during an official game. But I thought some would be interested in two long Ruth home runs in Redland Field in 1921 during an exhibition game:

http://www.baseball-fever.com/showthread.php?54339-Crosley-Field-Redland-Field&p=2225561#post2225561

SultanOfWhat
10-26-2013, 11:29 AM
I found an old newspaper for sale that might add some more info on Ruth's supposed longest home run, the July 18, 1921 blast in Detroit that might be the longest ever in MLB history.

http://i1293.photobucket.com/albums/b595/bucket5nyy/ruth1921detroitlongest_zpseb7d1b28.jpg~original


Article is in the top left corner:


http://i1293.photobucket.com/albums/b595/bucket5nyy/ruth1921detroitlongest-001_zps8c8d1ffd.jpg~original



I think the sub-headline meant to say "Hits Ball at Least 50 FEET farther than Heilmann's", not yards. The body of the story says 50 feet.


http://i1293.photobucket.com/albums/b595/bucket5nyy/ruth1921detroitlongest-002_zps71424b24.jpg~original


http://i1293.photobucket.com/albums/b595/bucket5nyy/ruth1921detroitlongest-003_zps007f461c.jpg~original


The key description:

http://i1293.photobucket.com/albums/b595/bucket5nyy/ruth1921detroitlongest-004_zps3fc6a864.jpg~original


Kind of blurry, but you can read it if you focus:

http://i1293.photobucket.com/albums/b595/bucket5nyy/ruth1921detroitlongest-005_zpse6bb11f5.jpg~original


Funny caption for box score:

http://i1293.photobucket.com/albums/b595/bucket5nyy/ruth1921detroitlongest-006_zpsfd3ee798.jpg~original

stadiumbuilder
10-26-2013, 02:42 PM
One of my favorite threads is back! I noticed the box score has a total of 1 error for the Yankees, but next to every player's name, there's a zero.
Maybe back then if you didn't get an at bat you didn't appear in the box score? Or maybe just a typo?

alpineinc
10-27-2013, 08:25 AM
Typo, Peckinpaugh had an error. Not much of an effect on the final tally, it appears, lol.

Looks like the local press was a little down on the Tigers that summer:
"There wasn't anything to eulogize the Tigers for, unless it might be their gameness in getting out there every day to absorb a beating."

Agreed, great thread bump, and great find on the FREEP article, those are not available in digital format and rare indeed.

Sultan_1895-1948
12-01-2013, 10:20 PM
All these exaggerated distances! The guy was born in 1895. How in hell could he hit balls that far! Stop making stuff up!!!!! :)