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Xsvfan
03-23-2001, 05:41 PM
Is there a record anywhere of the longest home run hit at each major league ballpark?

Someone asked about the longest ever at Mile High Stadium in Denver (soon to R.I.P. as the Broncos go to the corporate-name-whoring Invesco Field).

Someone also mentioned a 610-foot homer by Harry Heilmann. First I've heard of that.

I'm pretty sure Mickey Mantle holds the records for longest home run at Yankee Stadium, Griffith Stadium in Washington, and possibly also Tiger Stadium in Detroit, Shibe Park in Philadelphia, Sportsman's Park in St. Louis, and the original Comiskey Park in Chicago, though with several homers leaving the confines of those buildings, it's hard to tell. I know Ted Williams has the longest ever IN Fenway Park, but there may have been a homer or two over the Green Monster and out that were longer. And I've heard stories supporting both Williams and Mantle for longest ever at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, while the Indians claim Luke Easter holds that record.

If there's a record of these records anywhere, however close to being definitive, I'd love to see it.

Hugh Duffy
03-23-2001, 07:40 PM
Here is a link that mentions Heilmann's allegade 610 foot homerun.

http://cbs.sportsline.com/u/baseball/bol/chronology/1921JULY.html#day8

Xsvfan
03-24-2001, 04:44 PM
>Here is a link that mentions
>Heilmann's alleged 610 foot homerun.
>
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>http://cbs.sportsline.com/u/baseball/bol/chronology/1921JULY.html#day8

That doesn't look all that definitive. I'm gonna need more convincing.

trosmok
08-16-2001, 03:02 PM
Mickey did indeed hit some really long homers, but the record holder for Griffith & Yankee Stadiums, Forbes Field, and the Polo Grounds was Josh Gibson. His ape measure shots against MLB pitchers in the all-star and exhibition games were frequently 600+, the longest being the one out of Yankee Stadium that was estimated to be 630ft.

The Commissioner
08-18-2001, 10:11 PM
Unfortunately, none of these can be officially verified.

bly11
08-19-2001, 01:21 AM
Actually, I believe the Forbes and Griffith shots are documented in a couple of places; not sure about the Yankee Stadium one. Researchers are finding a lot more first-hand accounts of Negro League games these days, as they go back through old newspapers and the like.

vegaswill
08-21-2001, 06:05 AM
Lou Brock, yes that Lou Brock hit a ball into the centerfield bleachers at the Polo Grounds before he was in the Majors. Jackson's homer in Detroit may still be going of it hadn't hit the light tower. Dave Nicholson hit one over the roof which cleared an alley before landing in a softball field outsidr of old Comiskey. That had to be well over 600 feet.

Chisox73
09-23-2001, 09:11 PM
During the 2000 season,Glenallen Hill of the Cubs launched one onto the roof of an apartment building across Waveland Ave.that was measured around 500 feet.Hill claims it was 700 feet.
Dave Kingman hit one that landed about 4 houses up Kenmore Ave.(north of Waveland)against Philadelphia in 1979.I believe that was the game the Cubs lost 23-22.(I guess the wind was blowing out at Wrigley that day.)

trosmok
09-25-2001, 01:47 PM
Tried to edit my earlier reply, but too much time has elapsed. It should read tape measure, sorry Josh. Read an article in an old Sporting News that stated Cecil Fielder was the only player beside Gibson to hit one completely out of Tiger Stadium, although Mickey whacked one off the light stanchion that would have cleared the top.

SHOELESSJOE3
03-07-2002, 11:38 PM
[updated:LAST EDITED ON Mar-07-02 AT 10:41 PM (EST)]The problem with trying to determine who hit the longest home run is some of the monster shots from many years ago are seldom metioned. Two of these were shots by Jimmy Foxx and Babe Ruth. Both of these sluggers had several tape measure jobs, here are a few. Foxx hit one ball on to the roof in left field in Comiskey Park and some say he also hit one that cleared the roof at Comiskey. Ruth hit 3 shots that cleared the roof in right field at the Polo Grounds and landed in Manhatten Field across the street on a fly. Some drives because they took place in the years 1916-1919 in the dead ball era. The Home Run Encyclopedia gives an account of one of Ruth's longest drives and one of the longest hit ever. On August 16, 1927 Ruth hit his famous "roof topper" home run at Comiskey Park. The ball was hit over the roof in right field and accross Wentworth avenue. In those days sportswriters would often view the game seated on the roof.On that day there were 15 writers from N.Y, Chicago and other cities and all agreed Ruth's shot never touched the roof and cleared the 52 foot wide roof by a wide margin.
I did see the Glennallen Hill home run at Wrigley that was hit over that high building accross the street. I have several over head and street level views of that building and that was really some shot. One of the longest, highest that I myself have ever seen. I did see many of Mickey Mantle's tape measure jobs and they were some of the longest I have ever seen in my time, too many to mention.

researcher
03-08-2002, 01:23 AM
[updated:LAST EDITED ON Mar-08-02 AT 00:28 AM (EST)]No one should concern themselves with the 600 ft+ idea.
The promotional hype about Gibson not getting his shot.
Robinson took it; and Josh died shortly there after. He didn't
600 ft hr's everywhere he played, and he didn't hit 800 hr's,
over fences throughout his careear, playing barnstorm games
against local yokles 1/2 the time.

I doubt if he was much better than Campy, and if he was as good
that would be great.......There has been more bs about Josh Gibson
than any player in the history of the game.

Paige likely would have won 300+ gms; I doubt if "Poor Old Josh"
would have hit 550 hr's; you must understand he couldn't hit Paige,
and most of the games were like playing against class D or lower.
And they played on many fields w/o fences---hit the gap, and the
ball rolls forever.

The ball can only be compressed so much, then friction slows it up.
In normal conditions, its unlikley that many balls were hit over 550'
by anyone: mabe one by Gibson,one by Mantle, Ruth in spring training,
and a couple other players...that's 550' not 600'

trosmok
03-08-2002, 12:26 PM
Au contraire, researcher. Perhaps you could spend more time in the ballpark and less with your nose in a book or glued to a monitor. I have personally witnessed a few 600ft.+ dingers, including Cecil Fielder's and Glenallen Hill's. When the wind is blowing out of Wrigley, 700ft+ is not out of the realm of possibility. Same for old Comiskey, and if the wind didn't swirl so bad by the bay, Candlestick. As far as stating that Gibson's accomplishments are bs, perhaps you should not be so quick to judge. Not all the evidence of his prowess is purely anecdotal, you simply aren't looking in the right places. Babe Ruth was not known as the "White Josh Gibson" for nothing!

Rube
03-08-2002, 02:11 PM
Babe Ruth was not known as "the white Josh Gibson". I have never seen the term used. Considering Ruth retired from the game only 5 years after Gibson began his career, it seems unlikely that such comparisons were made except posthumously and much more likely that the opposite was said, contemporaneously, of Gibson.

researcher
03-15-2002, 05:08 AM
[updated:LAST EDITED ON Mar-15-02 AT 04:13 AM (EST)]Rube is correct, Gibson was the Black Babe Ruth...and no one ever
hit a ball 650 ft w/o a tail wind.

You shouldn't believe everything some promotional hypester says
about how far the ball traveled.....and who cares how far it went
in a strong wind.........

I know of a guy who bet he could hit a Golf ball over 600 yds w/o
a wind behind him...and he did it! On a flat surface.

traetzloff
03-15-2002, 04:04 PM
Researcher, there is story about the guy who goes to a frozen lake in Canada and hits the golf ball 3 miles. Probably untrue, but it illustrates the problem with "tape-measure" home runs. The only way to truely measure a home run is to measure where the arc would have come back to earth. On a pop fly it is easy to see that the ball only traveled 300 feet and came back to earth. When the ball leaves the yard it almost always come into contact with something that interferes with the flight of the ball. I disagree that you have to have a tailwind to go 600 feet. Home run contests are just that, contests, but they can give an idea of how to properly measure the distance. In the home run contest at SAFECO last year, at least 2 balls were hit into the upper deck in right-center field. That means that those balls came to rest about 500 feet from home plate and at least 60 feet above ground level. Both shots were past their zenith, but neither was falling rapidly - how far would they have gone if the forward motion had not been stopped? Until somebody comes up with an accurate way to unify the "tape" measurement, we will all continue arguing about who hit the longest shot.

I do know who hit the ball the hardest that I have ever seen. Mark McGwire took a Randy Johnson fastball into the wall at the top of the upper deck in the Kingdome, just below the roof. That ball would easily have traveled 600+ if its progress had not been blocked by the stadium wall. Even Randy admired that one. No ball has ever been hit harder in Seattle.

Tim R

KingStreetSquire
03-15-2002, 04:31 PM
Harmon Killebrew hit the longest ever at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore.

researcher
03-16-2002, 05:14 AM
The man who hit the golf ball over a mile was "Titanic Thompson",
and he won a big bet with it. He was a famous oldtime big gambler.

Chisox73
01-16-2005, 12:53 PM
On May 6,1964,White Sox slugger Dave Nicholson hit drove a shot over the left field roof roof at Old Comiskey Park that was estimated at 573 feet.Unofficially,that's believed to be the longest blast ever at Old Comiskey.

yellowdog
01-16-2005, 03:36 PM
I believe the longest home run at Turner Field was hit by Sammy Sosa off Greg Maddux. I'm pretty sure the date was Sept. 1, 2001. I remember it was a Saturday afternoon game, Labor Day weekend because the talk around the stadium that day was the Braves had signed Julio Franco from the Mexican League over night and the old man was in the starting line-up at first base.

But the talk about Franco ended abruptly when Sosa came up in the first inning and took Maddux 471 feet to dead center, a shot that left everyone breathless. The scoreboard said that was the longest HR ever hit there and I'm fairly certain it still is today. I think Bonds hit a couple last year and Piazza hit one that came close but didn't surpass Sosa's blast.

As for the longest ever hit at Fulton County Stadium, I don't know what it would be, but I saw Willie McCovey hit one in 1966 that I can't imagine was ever topped. And it went as high as it did far.

SHOELESSJOE3
01-16-2005, 04:45 PM
On May 6,1964,White Sox slugger Dave Nicholson hit drove a shot over the left field roof roof at Old Comiskey Park that was estimated at 573 feet.Unofficially,that's believed to be the longest blast ever at Old Comiskey.

I don't dispute your post or your source but I could never figure out how anyone can come up with a specific number of feet, such as 573. No doubt a long drive to have cleared the roof but who can measure the exact footage or even within a few feet. Not to knock your post I have seen dozens of other tape measure home runs with what is claimed to be the exact footage, can't be.

Getting back to old Comiskey I have read articles that stated that Ron Kittle and Elston Howard hit home runs that landed on top of the roof in left field. If Nicholson did clear the roof it of course would indicate his was longer.

Always been interested in the history of the tape measure jobs but unfortunately many of Babe Ruth's many long home runs have been lost over the years. I can't say he hit the longest, I doubt we can ever say with certainty who did but Ruth is on that list of some of the longest.

My source is the most accurate source there is when going back in time. The public library, New York Time archives. Accurate because the game recaps are in print the following day of the game, not accounts based on memory subject to exaggeration or just faulty memory.

Getting back to Comiskey. August 16 1927 Ruth hit one out of the park in right field. In those days some reporters would have a perch on the grandstand roof to view the game. On that day Ruth hit a drive that cleared the 52 foot wide roof and landed on the other side of Wentworth Avenue. Those reporters, at least a dozen of them stated the ball never touched the roof.

Ruth's last home run number 714 was hit over the roof at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh.I mention these two by Ruth because it's obvious that they had to be long because they cleared those roofs. In those archives I found many others that were hit to the power alleys and dead center. Ruth hit at least 3 into the center field bleaches at Yankee Stadium at the 487 foot marker. At least 6 into the center field bleachers at Detroit at the 455 foot marker. One of his home runs in Yankee Stadium landed a dozen rows of seats from the scoreboard in right center field. While with the Red Sox he hit one home run to dead center at the 488 foot marker. Obviously those CF home runs had to be close to 500 feet to clear the wall at that point.

Again we can never be sure who hit the longest but interesting to get into this subject and read about all those long, long home runs.

BTW of all the one's I've seen, this may not be the longest but had me rubbing my eyes, what a shot. Glenallen Hill at Wrigley, not only long but high, very high. I don't recall if it landed on the roof of a building accross the street but I know it struck that building near the top.

POLO GROUNDS 1957
01-16-2005, 10:14 PM
HELLO LOU BROCK OF THE CHICAGO CUBS HIT A HOMERUN IN THE CENTERFIELD BLEACHERS AT THE POLO GROUNDS IN A 1ST GAME OF A DOUBLEHEADER AGAINST THE NEW YORK METS ON 6-17-1962 and on 6-18-1962 hank AARON of the braves also hit a homerun in the centerfield bleachers a day after brock hit his. JOE ADCOCK HIT one in the centerfield bleacher at the polo grounds in 1953 also. TAKE CARE DONALD DETROIT MI :waving :clapping

Chisox73
01-17-2005, 05:15 PM
I don't dispute your post or your source but I could never figure out how anyone can come up with a specific number of feet, such as 573. No doubt a long drive to have cleared the roof but who can measure the exact footage or even within a few feet. Not to knock your post I have seen dozens of other tape measure home runs with what is claimed to be the exact footage, can't be.

Getting back to old Comiskey I have read articles that stated that Ron Kittle and Elston Howard hit home runs that landed on top of the roof in left field. If Nicholson did clear the roof it of course would indicate his was longer.

Always been interested in the history of the tape measure jobs but unfortunately many of Babe Ruth's many long home runs have been lost over the years. I can't say he hit the longest, I doubt we can ever say with certainty who did but Ruth is on that list of some of the longest.

My source is the most accurate source there is when going back in time. The public library, New York Time archives. Accurate because the game recaps are in print the following day of the game, not accounts based on memory subject to exaggeration or just faulty memory.

Getting back to Comiskey. August 16 1927 Ruth hit one out of the park in right field. In those days some reporters would have a perch on the grandstand roof to view the game. On that day Ruth hit a drive that cleared the 52 foot wide roof and landed on the other side of Wentworth Avenue. Those reporters, at least a dozen of them stated the ball never touched the roof.

Ruth's last home run number 714 was hit over the roof at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh.I mention these two by Ruth because it's obvious that they had to be long because they cleared those roofs. In those archives I found many others that were hit to the power alleys and dead center. Ruth hit at least 3 into the center field bleaches at Yankee Stadium at the 487 foot marker. At least 6 into the center field bleachers at Detroit at the 455 foot marker. One of his home runs in Yankee Stadium landed a dozen rows of seats from the scoreboard in right center field. While with the Red Sox he hit one home run to dead center at the 488 foot marker. Obviously those CF home runs had to be close to 500 feet to clear the wall at that point.

Again we can never be sure who hit the longest but interesting to get into this subject and read about all those long, long home runs.

BTW of all the one's I've seen, this may not be the longest but had me rubbing my eyes, what a shot. Glenallen Hill at Wrigley, not only long but high, very high. I don't recall if it landed on the roof of a building accross the street but I know it struck that building near the top.

I totally understand where you are coming from about Nicholson's 1964 blast.Back then,there really was no definate way to measure tape measure balsts.There was actual doubt whether or not Nicholson's blast actually cleard the roof on the fly.Some believe it scraped the back of the roof,then went into the park beyond left field.

The was an instance in 1970 where White Sox 3B Bill Melton was not given credit for a roof top blast.According to many,Melton's blast landed in a gutter on the edge of the roof.There is really no footage of that,because the Channel 32 cameras at the time could not pan up that high,and all that was seen was the few patrons in the left field upper deck point up.

In 1983,the field was moved up 8 feet top accomodate hitters.Thus the barrage of rooftop blasts from Ron Kittle.In later years,Greg Luzinski,Carlton Fisk,and George Bell have found the left field roof.Bell's blast came the day after he parked a 500-foot shot in the center field bleachers,one of only about a half-dozen ever at Comiskey.

SHOELESSJOE3
01-17-2005, 08:49 PM
More from the book "The home Run Encyclopedia" in a section titled Long- Distance Home Runs, by baseball historian William J. Jenkinson. Jenkinson is noted for his research in particular on the long home runs in the history of the game.

Just a small number from that book.

Ruth's "roof topper" clearing the roof in RF Comiskey park 1927.

Lou Gehrig in that same season hits one that just makes the roof in RF at Comiskey.

Cecil Fielder clears the LF bleachers at Milwaukees County Stadium Sept. 14, 1991.

Mantle's home run at Griffith April 17, 1953. Credited by many at 565 feet but some dispute that distance saying that is not where the ball actually touched ground. Still, no ball had ever left the park at that point and most agree it was one of the longest ever at Griffith.

Mantle's "roof topper" that landed on the roof in right center field at Detroit, Sept. 10, 1960.

Dick Allen Hits the roof facade at Detroit in deep left center, July 6, 1974. Distance to facade estimated at 415 feet and 85 feet high.

Jimmie Foxx clears the roof in LF at Comiskey. supposedly the only time a hitter has "cleared" the roof in LF.

Frank Howard reached the upper deck 24 times at Washiigton's R.F.K Stadium from the left field line to straight away center field.

Dick Allen credited with clearing the 75 foot high LF grandstand at Philadelphia's Connie Mack Stadium 18 times.

Cecil Fielder credited with hitting more than a few that reached the roof at Detroit's Tiger Stadium.

Aegis
01-17-2005, 10:33 PM
According to BaseballLibrary.com (no official date given, unfortunately) Jim Thome hit a 511-foot shot at Jacobs Field once, setting a record not only for that stadium but for any and every stadium in Cleveland.

tmorss9
01-18-2005, 08:04 AM
Read an article in an old Sporting News that stated Cecil Fielder was the only player beside Gibson to hit one completely out of Tiger Stadium, although Mickey whacked one off the light stanchion that would have cleared the top.

Actually, lots of guys have popped one out of Tiger Stadium, more out to right field that left. Killebrew, Frank Howard, Kirk Gibson and Jason Tompson are some that come to mind right off the top of my head.

west coast orange and black
01-18-2005, 09:52 AM
I know of a guy who bet he could hit a Golf ball over 600 yds w/o a wind behind him...and he did it! On a flat surface.
does jim rice (yeah, that one) still own the record for "golf ball farthest hit"?
i believe that he traveled north to an ice/icy region and whacked one that finally came to rest after some crazy, headshaking distance.

Chisox73
01-18-2005, 12:54 PM
Actually, lots of guys have popped one out of Tiger Stadium, more out to right field that left. Killebrew, Frank Howard, Kirk Gibson and Jason Tompson are some that come to mind right off the top of my head.
Wasn't the last Tiger Stadium homer a right field roof shot?

Chisox73
01-18-2005, 01:03 PM
On August 30,2004,White Sox outfielder Joe Borchard hit a 504-foot shot off Phildelphia's Brett Myters for the longest home run ever at Chicago's US Cellular Field.

The previous record belonged to Frank Thomas,who hit a 495-foot bomb of Minnesota's Johan Santana on July,23,2002.

Oakland's Eric Chavez has the park's longest home run by an opponent,when he drove a Gary Glover pitch 490 feet on April 26,2001.

SHOELESSJOE3
01-18-2005, 06:40 PM
Mickey did indeed hit some really long homers, but the record holder for Griffith & Yankee Stadiums, Forbes Field, and the Polo Grounds was Josh Gibson. His tape measure shots against MLB pitchers in the all-star and exhibition games were frequently 600+, the longest being the one out of Yankee Stadium that was estimated to be 630ft.

While none of those can be verified, the following can as they appeared in print the very day after they occured.

First you mention Griffith stadium. There was Mantle's, whether it was 565 feet can be disputed but it was the only known ball to leave the park at that point in left center field. Some say it skimmed the top of the wall, maybe so but it did leave the park.

In July of 1927 Babe Ruth hit a home run just to the right of dead center about a dozen rows from the back wall.

Forbes Field I can't say who hit the longest but how could Gibson top Ruth's home run there in 1935. It cleared the roof in right field, never done before that time. How much further can anyone hit a ball other than clearing the roof, out of the park.

Yankee Stadium there was Mantle's ball that almost made the roof. Ruth hit at least 3 home runs into the CF bleachers over the 487 mark.

Foxx and Frank Howard hit some monster shots in the upper deck in left field at Yankee Stadium a section very seldom reached at that park.


Polo Grounds Aaron, Brock and Adcock reached the center field bleachers. Actually there are no bleachers in dead center only the club house wall 483 feet away, never reached by any hitter. These 3 home runs hd to be to the left or right of dead center, still very long home runs.

Joe Jackson hit one over the roof at the Polo Grounds and Ruth is credited with at least 6 over the roof in right field.

I don't dispute the fact that Josh a powerful man may have hit some of the longest but how do we know how long,very little write ups on black baseball. Most events passed on over the years with little or no verification

Hammerin Hank
02-08-2005, 12:31 AM
During the 2000 season,Glenallen Hill of the Cubs launched one onto the roof of an apartment building across Waveland Ave.that was measured around 500 feet.Hill claims it was 700 feet.
Dave Kingman hit one that landed about 4 houses up Kenmore Ave.(north of Waveland)against Philadelphia in 1979.I believe that was the game the Cubs lost 23-22.(I guess the wind was blowing out at Wrigley that day.)

Sammy hit one two years ago measured about ten feet farther than that of Kingman's and is claimed to be the longest ever hit out of Wrigley.

SHOELESSJOE3
02-08-2005, 05:43 AM
Sammy hit one two years ago measured about ten feet farther than that of Kingman's and is claimed to be the longest ever hit out of Wrigley.

I respect your post, I am sure you only post what you read at some source. Still hard to believe that anyone could actually, accurately determine that two balls were hit and one was hit 10 feet further than the other.

How would anyone ever know the exact spot where both balls first landed?

RuthMayBond
02-08-2005, 07:42 AM
During the 2000 season,Glenallen Hill of the Cubs launched one onto the roof of an apartment building across Waveland Ave.that was measured around 500 feet.Hill claims it was 700 feet.
Dave Kingman hit one that landed about 4 houses up Kenmore Ave.(north of Waveland)against Philadelphia in 1979.I believe that was the game the Cubs lost 23-22.(I guess the wind was blowing out at Wrigley that day.)The Cubs were involved in a 23-22 game on 5/17/1979, but I have Kingman's HR (630 feet) as being on 4/14/1976.

RuthMayBond
02-08-2005, 07:51 AM
According to BaseballLibrary.com (no official date given, unfortunately) Jim Thome hit a 511-foot shot at Jacobs Field once, setting a record not only for that stadium but for any and every stadium in Cleveland.That would be 7/3/1999

west coast orange and black
02-08-2005, 07:57 AM
giants programmers had a bit of tape a few years back of a broken window high on the brick warehouse across the street from oriole park. the ball was not pulled. the culprit: barry bonds.

RuthMayBond
02-08-2005, 08:01 AM
giants programmers had a bit of tape a few years back of a broken window high on the brick warehouse across the street from oriole park. the ball was not pulled. the culprit: barry bonds.Yeah, baby :eek: :waving :clapping :dance

janduscframe
02-08-2005, 10:04 AM
In Herb Carneal's book, he states that a rec director from a local prison measured and figured out all of the arcs and angles and projections at the Met. He claims Metropolitan stadium was the first stadium to actually give a true measurement to a homer instead of a guess or guesstimate.
Can one take this as Gospel? I really don't know..

RuthMayBond
02-08-2005, 10:20 AM
In Herb Carneal's book, he states that a rec director from a local prison measured and figured out all of the arcs and angles and projections at the Met. He claims Metropolitan stadium was the first stadium to actually give a true measurement to a homer instead of a guess or guesstimate.
Can one take this as Gospel? I really don't know..As long as it's talking about where the ball actually came down, not where they estimate it would have if nothing was in the way. You have varying wind, varying amount of force from the bat and varying angles the ball could have come in at.

Donnybrook @ Second base
02-08-2005, 11:38 AM
Tommie Agee hit one to the upperdeck @ Shea in fair territory, that has to be the longest. People speculate about Straw and Mo Vaughns scoreboard shots, but an upperdecker in fair territory @ Shea is a monster shot.

Aegis
02-08-2005, 12:24 PM
That would be 7/3/1999

Thank you much.

RuthMayBond
02-08-2005, 12:52 PM
I've read of these "measured" HRs. Documented corrections are welcome.

Baltimore Memorial 5/8/66 541' FrRobinson
Braves Field 9/7/51 500' MIrvin
Busch 5/16/98 545' McGwire
Candlestick 9/16/66 500' McCovey
Cleveland Municipal 6/23/50 477' LEaster
Comiskey1 5/6/64 573'? DNicholson
Comiskey2 8/30/04 504' JBorchard
Fenway 6/23/01 501' MRamirez
Griffith 4/17/53 565'? Mantle
Jacobs 7/3/99 511' Thome
KC Municipal 5/29/55 500' Doby
Kingdome 6/24/97 538' McGwire
Milwaukee County 9/14/91 528' CFielder
Olympic 5/20/78 535' Stargell
Pro Player 5/31/97 529' Galarraga
Tiger 9/10/60 634'? Mantle
Veteran 5/29/65 529' DAllen
Wrigley 4/14/76 630'? DKingman
Yankee 4/17/56 500'+ Mantle

Hammerin Hank
02-08-2005, 01:57 PM
I respect your post, I am sure you only post what you read at some source. Still hard to believe that anyone could actually, accurately determine that two balls were hit and one was hit 10 feet further than the other.

How would anyone ever know the exact spot where both balls first landed?

There are people who stand out there on the street waiting for homerun balls. There's a thread in the Cubs forum discussing this event. I'll dig it up.

http://baseball-fever.com/showthread.php?t=9080


I was standing in the crosswalk when Sammy blasted that one. Came right at me, well, actually right over me. I turned and ran down Kenmore, saw where it hit the street, and followed the bounce over the car into somebody's front yard where I dove on it and just laid on the ground and listened to the roar of the crowd. Local TV measured it at 536' 2".

I've got some pictures on my website www.ballhawk.com as well as a more detailed play-by-play on my blog www.ballhawk.com/wc.htm.

Seeing that ball rise up in the night was one of the most amazing sights I've ever seen...

RuthMayBond
02-08-2005, 02:02 PM
There are people who stand out there on the street waiting for homerun balls. There's a thread in the Cubs forum discussing this event. I'll dig it up.

http://baseball-fever.com/showthread.php?t=9080I read an article in Sports illustrated about thirty years ago. That is what got me started in Cleveland and other parts

stevethesoxfan
02-22-2005, 09:30 PM
In Fenway, there is the red seat in the RF bleachers that signifies Ted Williams 502' HR in 1946. Rumor has it that others have gone farther but the Red Sox protect Ted's legacy. Manny Ramirez hit a 501' (one ft shorter!?!?) bomb high off a light tower in LF. Jim Rice hit a titanic shot over everything in center. Carl Yastrzemski is the only person to ever hit the grandstand facade in RF - the ball was still going up when it hit. He just missed becoming the first to ever hit one out of Fenway to right.

Fenway24
03-12-2005, 03:41 PM
BELIEVE IT OR NOT!
According to The New Baseball Catalog, the longest four-bagger ever was by Ernie Lombard, 1930s Cincinatti catcher. He hit it over the center field fence and the ball landed in a truck that carried it 30 miles.

BoSox Rule
03-12-2005, 04:04 PM
Fenway
1. Williams, 502 (red seat, of course)
2. Ramirez, 501

SHOELESSJOE3
03-16-2005, 06:55 PM
Lets be real here. How could they possibly determine that one ball went one foot longer than another. Was a fan sitting right there, exactly where Manny hit that ball. Thats cutting it kind of thin to say the least. Lets just say they were hit in the same neighborhood, thats the only logical answer.

Paulmcall
03-16-2005, 07:32 PM
Norm Cash holds the record for the most homers hit out of Tiger Stadium.

CZzyzx41
03-19-2005, 11:58 AM
Well I can give only what I know of San Diego. In 1998 McGwire reached the upper Loge level (just below upper deck) in dead center. Bonds also hit the jumbotron in Qualcomm Stadium a couple years ago and people said that was the longest they'd ever seen even with some of the blasts Dave Kingman hit.
At PETCO so far the longest ball I've seen hit was Khalil Greene's Foul Ball that landed on the Roof of the Western Metal Building in that game against the Cubs where they Pads wore the 1984 Home Jerseys. Plenty of time for other players to clear that thing though.

redlegsfan21
03-22-2005, 06:26 PM
According to The New Baseball Catalog, the longest four-bagger ever was by Ernie Lombard, 1930s Cincinatti catcher. He hit it over the center field fence and the ball landed in a truck that carried it 30 miles.
I read about that once. I believe it was on Reds trivia on FSN. Dunn holds the record for the longest in GABP. I believe it was 505 ft.

Bleacherbee
03-23-2005, 08:55 AM
The longest ever at Comerica was 453 feet by Chipper Jones... I remember because it was the next game after Eric Munson hit a 451 shot to (almost) the exact same place.

Also, it was a miserable, rainy game and one of the few times I left before the end.

Babe Ruth supposedly hit a 626 foot HR at Tiger Stadium, but that seems more myth than truth.

rockin500
03-23-2005, 09:44 AM
I respect your post, I am sure you only post what you read at some source. Still hard to believe that anyone could actually, accurately determine that two balls were hit and one was hit 10 feet further than the other.

How would anyone ever know the exact spot where both balls first landed?

ONe of the surveying classes a few years ago took shots at Miller Park and measurements all over the outfield. and after they got all those shots, they are able to interpolate to get the measurement.

and sammy's shot was 520 feet. it also went 4 houses down Kenmore.

RuthMayBond
03-23-2005, 10:52 AM
I read about that once. I believe it was on Reds trivia on FSN. Dunn holds the record for the longest in GABP. I believe it was 505 ft.I'd appreciate it if you have the date for it

michael_cochrane
03-26-2005, 11:06 AM
My Father and I attended a Tigers game in 1999 vs. The White Sox. I wanted to see a game there before they tore down the stadium. Chicago won the game 12-4, however, there was one memorable moment for the Home Team.
We witnessed the longest Home Run I've ever seen when Karim Garcia crushed a ball OVER the Right Field Roof! It left the stadium so fast that the Jumbo Screen had to replay it for the fans to view the ball clearing the roof by 20 feet (over a flag pole)! My estimate would be 550+.
Does anyone else have any information or remember this HR?

Mike in El Paso, TX

POLO GROUNDS 1957
03-26-2005, 04:44 PM
My Father and I attended a Tigers game in 1999 vs. The White Sox. I wanted to see a game there before they tore down the stadium. Chicago won the game 12-4, however, there was one memorable moment for the Home Team.
We witnessed the longest Home Run I've ever seen when Karim Garcia crushed a ball OVER the Right Field Roof! It left the stadium so fast that the Jumbo Screen had to replay it for the fans to view the ball clearing the roof by 20 feet (over a flag pole)! My estimate would be 550+.
Does anyone else have any information or remember this HR?

Mike in El Paso, TX
HELLO. just wanted to let you know that tiger stadium is still standing, they did not tear it down DONALD DETROIT MI

RuthMayBond
03-28-2005, 09:49 AM
My Father and I attended a Tigers game in 1999 vs. The White Sox. I wanted to see a game there before they tore down the stadium. Chicago won the game 12-4, however, there was one memorable moment for the Home Team.
We witnessed the longest Home Run I've ever seen when Karim Garcia crushed a ball OVER the Right Field Roof! It left the stadium so fast that the Jumbo Screen had to replay it for the fans to view the ball clearing the roof by 20 feet (over a flag pole)! My estimate would be 550+.
Does anyone else have any information or remember this HR?

Mike in El Paso, TXAre you sure this was a Det-Chi game in 1999, with a score of 12-4?

MrMike98
03-28-2005, 02:17 PM
With respect to the talk of Nicholson's shot out of Comiskey, it was speculated that the Sox went to great efforts to find a way to top Mantle's 1953 blast in Washington. Hence the 573 feet!

RuthMayBond
03-28-2005, 02:21 PM
With respect to the talk of Nicholson's shot out of Comiskey, it was speculated that the Sox went to great efforts to find a way to top Mantle's 1953 blast in Washington. Hence the 573 feet!It was also speculated that the Yanks went to great efforts to get Mantle 565 feet :D

west coast orange and black
03-28-2005, 04:28 PM
Yeah, baby :eek: :waving :clapping :dance
for the record, the window waaaaaaay out there and waaaaaaay up there was broken during bp.

elmer
01-31-2007, 05:30 PM
Yankee Stadium Fischer facade hr. 550'
Aug. 23, 1956 - his homer hits the 20th row in left field's 3rd deck. 545'
Municipal, KC 500' to CF near outer corner. Another hits top of scoreboard
in RC. 480-490' if unimpeded. Another in the same game landed in the opening of 21st st. just beyond Brooklyn Ave. 495-515'
Cleveland Municipal 475 to RF upper deck
Briggs-Tiger Stad. hit cab co against 20 mph wind 475 feet away
30 feet off the ground. Ball hit directly against stiff breeze 12-15mph easily. Est. 500' without wind 535'
July '56, Hits line drive 4 rows from top of bleacher upper deck in very deep RC
est. 520 feet. Landing spot was indicated on a photo by Paul Foytack. Was in bullpen at the time
and said homer was a line drive.
Hit ball that ended up in Lumber mill across street. It bounced over the roof. 485' feet.
Comiskey Park. Hit screamer off Billy Pierce high in Upper Deck in Left near the last row,
probably 480' if unimpeded.
another lands in the RC upper deck-last section halfway up, 445' from home plate 44 feet above
playing field. In 1961 during BP Mickey hit one over the RC light tower 440' from home and 140
feet high; this ball would have traveled 525' then another that hits the top of the 80 foot high CF
scoreboard above the bleachers, == 528'
Fenway Park, hit LF light tower 35' above Green Monster still going up over - 490'
Fenway park 9/21/1956. Hits back wall above section 36 480-487 feet distant. 510'
Shibe Park, Connie Mack Stadium- Shot to deep LC over roof lands on
house across street 500 feet from home plate. est 520'
Griffith Stadium. Home run on opening day '56 lands on house 520' from Home Plate. est. 530'
Sportsmans Park hit porch roof 20' above ground across street
in deep left field. 499' from home plate. Est. 512'.
Forbes field home run over corner in deep right field lands on back of
roof 450' from home plate, est. 505' - 510 feet
Ebbets Field=World Series HR est 460' = upper deck in deep LC
Anaheim - to Left Field 462 feet
Oct. 1960 hit high over 436' mark at Forbes in WS 495'
Memorial Stad. Baltimore - 462 feet to dead center over hedge
also another 5 rows from top of RC bleachers est. unimpeded 475'.

Bovard Field at USC Left-handed clears fence in RC and width of football field 548-550 feet.
Right-handed Clears road and 3 houses up street perpendicular to park. Ball lands on 4th house roof, a 2 story house-
530' from Home plate. Est. 550'.
Holman Field, Vero Beach Fl. In the spring of '61 Mickey clears the RC fence and a tree line well beyond
Don Demeter in CF says he knew it would clear the trees as soon as Mickey hit it. 500'
Doubleday Field, West Point, NY. Mickey hits one over the fence the road and 50' high Cullum Hall a blast
of at least 500' - 525'.
Swayne Field, Toledo, Ohio in Aug. '51 Mickey hit a ball "200 feet high" over a light tower that lands
behind a gas station across the road well out into a field. the back of the gas station is 470' from home plate.
Huggins=Stengel Field in St. Petersburg Fl. Mickey hit into Crescent Lake minimally 485'
from home.
Al Lang Field. St. Petersburg Hit opposite field home run into Tampa Bay over straight left field; 500'
Miami Stadium. Over Center Field Wall deep into parking lot 500+ feet
Al Lang Field Spring 1956'. Mickey's longest HR vs. the Cards Larry Jackson. Hi over CF fence Witness marked spot. 567'
homer becomes legend and is known as the "Fountain of Youth" home run.

DevilRays1969
02-02-2007, 10:25 AM
Eddie Matthews hit the longest HR at the Astrodome--there was a seat in the LF upper deck with a toy cannon painted on it to commemorate it.

I've been looking for the longest HR at Tropicana Field--Vinny Castilla hit a 478-foot shot in 2001 although I'd heard Jonny Gomes hit one longer within the last couple of years. Also I was at a Rays game in 2005 vs. Boston and Ortiz hit two over the last catwalk that landed near the top of the RF bleachers. Those have to be right up there.

Not to get off topic but this begs the question--how do you measure a HR that hits the catwalk? Project the distance it would have traveled unobstructed?

PeteU
02-02-2007, 12:34 PM
Harmon Killebrew hit the longest ever at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore.

Killebrew's homerun was the longest distance-wise. I believe he hit it to center field.

Now, the only player to clear the bleachers in Memorial Stadium was Frank Robinson. They put up a flag that said "Here" to mark where the ball left the park. But I believe Frank's homerun was slightly shorter than Killebrews.

Williamsburg2599
02-02-2007, 01:37 PM
Eddie Matthews hit the longest HR at the Astrodome--there was a seat in the LF upper deck with a toy cannon painted on it to commemorate it.

That is untill someone figures out how far Mike Schmidt's HR in '74 would of went if it didn't hit the PA speaker.

StanTheMan
02-02-2007, 03:14 PM
How about posting some photos of where KNOWN longest HR's landed? I suppose some speculative ones would be nice, too, at least a photo would give us all some perspective.

I know the longest at old Busch hit the St. Louis Post Dispatch sign, which I outlined below by a PURPLE BOX just left of center, and just underneath the upper deck. I have haerd anything from 505 (as previosly posted) up to 545 or so for this collossal shot. The Center field fence reads 404, to give you some perspecitve....

It has been said that either McGwire, or the ball, was juiced that day.... but I would not be surprised if the ball was also juiced. Remember, this was 1998.

http://bsmith569.photosite.com/~photos/tn/8224839_1024.ts1170454293000.jpg

Williamsburg2599
02-02-2007, 03:51 PM
Ted Williams' Red Seat shot:
http://www.hittrackeronline.com/historic/williams_red_seat.jpg
Anybody who's been to Fenway knows that is a long, long, long, long way away. I wish I could find out if anybody has video of it....:
http://sportsmed.starwave.com/media/mlb/2002/0705/photo/a_redrose_i.jpg

StanTheMan
02-02-2007, 06:49 PM
18761

18762

Micky Mantle was ridiculous..... Photos from themick.com. The guy could hit them completely out of just about every stadium he ever played in, and from EITHER side of the plate.

The famous Griffith Stadium 565 footer.

StanTheMan
02-02-2007, 06:51 PM
18763

And this one... at Yankee Stadium... well, I was there in 2004 with my son, who was 8 or 9 at the time. I pointed to the spot on the facade where Mickey hit this one, and he still does not believe it.

VIBaseball
02-02-2007, 07:15 PM
Unfortunately, I couldn't find a pic with the full perspective, so I have to describe it. Tommie Agee's shot into the left-field upper deck in Shea Stadium was unusual not only because of its great height but also because there's very little fair territory between the pole and the edge of the seats.

StanTheMan
02-03-2007, 05:56 AM
Glenallen Hill's Rooftop Homer at Wrigley..... May 12, 2000.

The kid holding the ball is Rick Frohock. He caught the ball, an this AP photo shows exactly where the rooftop in question is located. Very much down the left field line, but out of the park, across a street, and still high enough to be on the roof of a 2, 3 story building???? (really 3 1/2 with the roof additions for the fans).... a LONG way.

StanTheMan
02-03-2007, 06:03 AM
A chart from Hit Tracker on the Hill homer. Looks like Mr Frohock was 54 feet in the air when he caught the ball.

elmer
02-05-2007, 08:03 AM
Mickey Mantle hit a home run in Detroit that Paul Foytack states was a LINE DRIVE. His vantage point at
that moment was the CF bullpen. Mr. Foytack stated the ball would probably have traveled
about 50' further if it had not been impeded by the 4th row from the top
of the very deep RCF upper deck of bleachers. the ball hit that row 470' from home plate
55' above the ground.

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?dest=9999999997&product_id=5129485&sourceid=0100000030660805302498
http://www.amazon.com/Year-Babe-Ruth-Home-Runs/dp/0786719060

an estimate will be given for every Major League home run Ruth ever hit
accurate to within 10 feet.
in the new book at this site.

west coast orange and black
02-07-2007, 01:53 PM
traetzloff: the guy who goes to a frozen lake in Canada and hits the golf ball 3 miles

jim rice once hit one for miles, but i do not recall the distance.
he was flown up north by a golfball manufacturer to do the promotion stunt.

west coast orange and black
02-07-2007, 01:58 PM
rmb: Candlestick 9/16/66 500' McCovey

i saw stretch's upper deck shot.
i do believe that giantsland co-mod ken also was there that game! :eek:

Mad Guru
02-07-2007, 08:55 PM
I'd appreciate it if you have the date for it

August 10, 2004. Can watch it on my blog at dunnreal.blogspot.com

BigStellyPADRES4LIFE
02-08-2007, 01:43 AM
As long as it's talking about where the ball actually came down, not where they estimate it would have if nothing was in the way. You have varying wind, varying amount of force from the bat and varying angles the ball could have come in at.

Very true, if anyone would like here, (I studied to be an aerospace engineer for a while(until i changed to electrical) and did alot of experiments/studying on projectiles) i could give ideas of how hard a ball would have to be hit off a bat to travel distances of 500+ feet.

PeteU
02-08-2007, 07:15 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Baltimore_Memorial_Stadium_here1.JPG


A diagram of Frank Robinson's moonshot at Memorial Stadium, the only home run to ever clear the bleachers at that park:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Baltimore_Memorial_Stadium_here1.JPG

KHenry14
02-08-2007, 11:14 AM
rmb: Candlestick 9/16/66 500' McCovey

i saw stretch's upper deck shot.
i do believe that giantsland co-mod ken also was there that game! :eek:

Yes I was Tony!

The thing about McCovey was not only that he crushed the ball, with that long swing of his he looked like was going to hit it to the moon, not just out of the park!

west coast orange and black
02-08-2007, 12:08 PM
has anyone ever gone up to the exact location of where one of these longest homers landed and be amazed at the distance to home plate?
to see home plate from upper deck candlestick you need binocs.

RuthMayBond
02-08-2007, 12:11 PM
has anyone ever gone up to the exact location of where one of these longest homers landed and be amazed at the distance to home plate?
to see home plate from upper deck candlestick you need binocs.I'm surprised an eagle-eyed guy who can call the exact seat where a foul ball will land needs binocs ;)

west coast orange and black
02-08-2007, 12:27 PM
^^ well, the seat is easier to spot from below than the dish from above. heh-heh.

"that's you, man!," yelled while blocking the dude to the right.

elmer
02-08-2007, 01:16 PM
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Williamsburg2599
02-08-2007, 01:53 PM
Can anybody here find out how far Schmidt's Home run in 1974 at the astrodome would of went? It hit a speaker 117' above the field! I can't find a video of it, but I'm still looking...

elmer
03-12-2007, 07:00 AM
Mickey was sent to the minors after a prolonged slump
in '51. Just before his return he hit a long homer at
Swayne Field in Toledo against the Mud Hens. It soared
"200 feet" high over a light tower in right, over Detroit Avenue and
over a gas station, the back of which was 475' from home plate,
landing well out into a field behind the gas station. This could
be his longest ever.
He hit one at Pittsburgh in the '60 series that measured 478'
to where it bounced off the top of a tree caroming to the ground outside
Right Center field beyond the 436' mark. This was a true 500 foot
home run but measured only to the tree or point on the ground the ball hit.
In the same series at Pittsburgn Mickey also hit a "screamer" of
a line drive that he says was hit harder. It landed in the RF bleachers
well up and well back.
In a '53 Exhibition game he hit one over the Right Field roof - est. 510-515 feet.
In the spring of '56 Mickey hits a batting practice shot, farther than anyone has ever
seen even Mickey hit one, at Al Lang Field over center field fence landing near
a fountain in a park 567' from home plate.
In '61 at Holman Stadium he amazes the Dodgers with a 500 footer over
the bank and trees beyond Right Center.
In '61 at West Point's Doubleday Field, He hit a righty bomb over a road and 50 high Cullum Hall, at least 500' during BP
His "documented" Sep. 10, 1960 home run in the Brooks Lumber Yard
At Griffith Mickey hit a ball that landed on the Front of the 2014 5th street apt. house. This one is measured
at 531 feet. On two separate occasions Mickey hit nearly identically hit homers high over the scoreboard an alley, backyard and houses to U street measuring about the same as the one to 2014 5th street.
At Fenway in Sept. of '56 his high line drive 10" from the top of the wall just to the right of center would have traveled an estimated 480 feet. Without the obstructing wall, 508' - 515'.
Mickey's 2nd longest at Comiskey went into the access ramps above the CF bleachers a homer of about 480' unimpeded.
In '61 Mickey hit two batting practice homers there that would have traveled between 530 and 540 feet. hitting the top of
the center field scoreboard 480' feet from home and the other over the RC field light tower that is 65' above the 75 foot high roof.
On June 26, 1958 during batting practice Mickey hit 3 balls over the 52' deep roof from right to right center, a feat previously accomplished only by Babe Ruth in a regular season game. In 1961 during another BP session he hit 6 over the same roof.
Shibe Park a home run, in July of '53, landed on a row house across the street from deep LC. unimpeded, this ball would travel
525'.
In Kansas City his '61 blast off the top of the scoreboard in RC is estimated at 500' but more likely would have traveled
about 515'. He also hit two that landed 35' above the playing field on Brooklyn Ave. that only a handful of others equaled.
A batting practice shot went across Brooklyn Ave. in right, landing on a porch roof. Est. 523'.
He hit a right handed rocket that struck the light tower in LF at Fenway 35' above the wall that was a potential 500 footer.
In a homer hitting contest at the Polo Grounds Mickey loses to Willie Mays, but his only homer in 6 swings was hit right-handed
over the left field roof.

SHOELESSJOE3
03-12-2007, 07:12 PM
Mickey was sent to the minors after a prolonged slump
in '51. Just before his return he hit a long homer at
Swayne Field in Toledo against the Mud Hens. It soared
"200 feet" high over a light tower in right, over Detroit Avenue and
over a gas station, the back of which was 475' from home plate,
landing well out into a field behind the gas station. This could
be his longest ever,

He hit one at Pittsburgh in the '60 series that measured 478'
to where it bounced off the top of a tree caroming to the ground outside
Right Center field beyond the 436' mark. This was a true 500 foot
job measured only to the tree.
In the same series at Pittsburgn Mickey also hit a "screamer" of
a line drive that he says was hit harder. It landed in the RF bleachers
well up and well back.

His "documented" Sep. 10, 1960 home run in the Brooks Lumber Yard
in Detroit may have gone at the point indicated by the employee and
was indeed a colossal home run of epic proportion. At minimum,
it went a distance of about 520' and possibly as much as 543-550'. landing either
in the road and bouncing through a small driveway opening, (which would have directed
the ball in to a spot it did not end up), or landing on a building on the far side of Trumbull then into the yard.
According to witnesses it passed through the right side of the light tower
at the end of the Right Field roof at a height of 125-130 above the ground.
just below the lights themselves.


I never left the room when Mantle or Harmon Killebrew was at the plate and Frank Howard who came a bit later. You always had the feeling you were going to see a long one, something worth watching. They gave us a lot of thrills, nothing in sports like a tape measure shots. Over in a few seconds but talked of and remembered years later.

I saw Mick and Harmon hit some long ones. Harmon if I recall hit them long but Mantles were higher and just as far. Both impressive but those long high ones I like the best.

Howard hit the fastest in time I ever saw. At first leaving the bat looked like an infielder my have leaped and maybe caught it. It seemed to be about 20 feet off the ground, looked that way, cleared the fence around left center field but closer to left.

SHOELESSJOE3
03-12-2007, 08:55 PM
Mickey Mantle. His "documented" Sep. 10, 1960 home run in the Brooks Lumber Yard
in Detroit may have gone at the point indicated by the employee and
was indeed a colossal home run of epic proportion. At minimum,
it went a distance of about 520' and possibly as much as 543-550'. landing either
in the road and bouncing through a small driveway opening, (which would have directed
the ball in to a spot it did not end up), or landing on a building on the far side of Trumbull then into the yard.
According to witnesses it passed through the right side of the light tower
at the end of the Right Field roof at a height of 125-130 above the ground.
just below the lights themselves.

Here is an overhead shot of that Mantle shot. Detroit Sept 10,1960

SHOELESSJOE3
03-12-2007, 10:00 PM
A long one at Fenway. According to the N.Y.Times this one landed about 6 rows from the back of the bleachers. Anything near the back of the bleachers at Fenway, 6 or 16 rows from the back wall is a long way.

Home run number 16, May 25, 1926 7th inning, Babe Ruth.

riverfrontier
03-13-2007, 12:37 PM
There is no way that Mickey Mantle ever hit a ball, on the fly, to the 'X' outside of that Tiger Stadium photo. Baseball myths and fish stories are one and the same. Anybody who has ever been to Tiger Stadium would laugh at the dimensions (dementions) of a claim like that. I actually saw George Brett hit a home run to the roof in 1988. In the spirit of this thread, I'd like to say it was still going up when it cleared the roof, but I'd be lying. Why are these mythic tape-measure home runs always hit in stadiums with a roof that would always interfere with a nice, clean 600 foot shot? Why are they never, ever seen (hit) in parks where it would be very easy to measure the exact distance from the plate to final landing spot? It's exactly like people who claim to have witnessed paranormal events. It's always hearsay, and always impossible to disprove. Like a 30 foot Great White Shark or the idea of Heaven.

RuthMayBond
03-13-2007, 12:40 PM
There is no way that Mickey Mantle ever hit a ball, on the fly, to the 'X' outside of that Tiger Stadium photo. Baseball myths and fish stories are one and the same. Anybody who has ever been to Tiger Stadium would laugh at the dimensions (dementions) of a claim like that. I actually saw George Brett hit a home run to the roof in 1988. In the spirit of this thread, I'd like to say it was still going up when it cleared the roof, but I'd be lying. Why are these mythic tape-measure home runs always hit in stadiums with a roof that would always interfere with a nice, clean 600 foot shot? Why are they never, ever seen (hit) in parks where it would be very easy to measure the exact distance from the plate to final landing spot?Because it's Mickey friggin Yankee Mantle :rolleyes: :laugh

Williamsburg2599
03-13-2007, 02:21 PM
Using Google Earth, I measured that shot to be 605 ft.!

RuthMayBond
03-13-2007, 02:23 PM
Using Google Earth, I measured that shot to be 605 ft.!That's only because it was barely stopped by several steel beams and was just beginning its ascent when it hit them ;)

elmer
03-14-2007, 06:40 AM
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riverfrontier
03-14-2007, 07:10 AM
The two longest home runs that I personally witnessed in Tiger Stadium, and I saw a lot of them there, were the Brett home run I've already mentioned, and one by Jim Thome that went half way up the right center field bleachers which set the stadium buzzing. Thome's homer was just a bit more toward center than Mantle's shot would have been, and the ball, absolutely CRUSHED as it was, was NOT still on the rise. No home runs are still on the rise when they land. That's why Thome's homer came down where it did. It FELL there. For Mantle to reach that spot in the picture, He would have had to clear the roof at its farthest point from home plate, avoid the light tower, clear the street, and the building in the lumber yard. It's just unfathomable to me. There's no such thing as a 600 foot home run, I say.

elmer
03-14-2007, 07:43 AM
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elmer
04-30-2007, 06:33 AM
A long one at Fenway. According to the N.Y.Times this one landed about 6 rows from the back of the bleachers. Anything near the back of the bleachers at Fenway, 6 or 16 rows from the back wall is a long way.

Home run number 16, May 25, 1926 7th inning, Babe Ruth.

The new Ruth Book by Bill Jenkinson states it landed in the 45th row. Another Ruth hit landed in the 42nd row.

Williams home run landed in 37th row.....

Great One
05-12-2007, 10:54 PM
In Veterans Stadium. Willie Stargell hit a homerun that traveled to the 600 level of the Vet. It was marked with a yellow star enclosed in a white circle with a black "S" to commemorate where the ball hit. The spot was towards right field, and was the longest home run hit in the park. The star remained there until the Vet was demolished. I do not know, however, how far the ball traveled.

In Citizens Bank Park, Ryan Howard currently holds the mark for the longest home run in the park. On April 23, 2006, Howard became the first player to hit a homerun that landed in Ashburn Alley. It traveled 496 feet. Howard also hit another homerun in June of that year against Mike Mussina of the Yankees that landed in the top level of the stands towards right field. The ball traveled 481 feet, and is marked with a letter "H" at Section 304, Row 1, Seat 8.

Also in OPACY, balls that landed in the Eutaw Street Alley are marked with landmarks telling who and when the ball hit the spot. Only Ken Griffey Jr. hit the warehouse during the Home Run Derby in 1993.

Great One
05-12-2007, 11:06 PM
http://home.mindspring.com/~gearhard/taletape.html

This site also can tell you about some of the longest homeruns ever recorded in Pirates history.

elmer
05-13-2007, 08:07 AM
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PeteU
05-13-2007, 08:40 AM
There is no way that Mickey Mantle ever hit a ball, on the fly, to the 'X' outside of that Tiger Stadium photo. Baseball myths and fish stories are one and the same. Anybody who has ever been to Tiger Stadium would laugh at the dimensions (dementions) of a claim like that. I actually saw George Brett hit a home run to the roof in 1988. In the spirit of this thread, I'd like to say it was still going up when it cleared the roof, but I'd be lying. Why are these mythic tape-measure home runs always hit in stadiums with a roof that would always interfere with a nice, clean 600 foot shot? Why are they never, ever seen (hit) in parks where it would be very easy to measure the exact distance from the plate to final landing spot? It's exactly like people who claim to have witnessed paranormal events. It's always hearsay, and always impossible to disprove. Like a 30 foot Great White Shark or the idea of Heaven.

Back in 1990 I believe, I saw Cal Ripken hit a shot that I swore came within a few rows of clearing the bleachers of Memorial Stadium, a la Frank Robinison. But of course I was 11 years old at the time and maybe my depth perception wasn't as good as I thought. Cal was never the distance slugger like a Mantle, Kilebrew or McGwire. But I like to believe he did hit a bomb that day, if only for the fact he was Cal Ripken and I was an 11 year old Orioles fan at the apex of Cal's career.

elmer
05-13-2007, 08:50 AM
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Seattle1
05-13-2007, 09:02 AM
Who hit the longest home run in the history of Safeco Field?

Great One
05-13-2007, 10:49 AM
April 22, 2007-

Chase Utley hit a mammoth, you-wish-you-were-there-to-see-it home run over the batter's eye in dead-center field and onto Ashburn Alley.

Aug. 18, 2006

thanks to a TITANTIC LEAD OFF HOME RUN by THE AFRICAN QUEEN's main love, Alfonso Soriano, on the 3rd pitch of the game off Brett Myers. The 451 foot shot, travelled to deep centerfield and landed in Ashburn Alley and the Phillies Hall of Fame.

I watched both of those games when it happened. I think Utley's home run traveled about 465 feet according to the broadcasters.