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Thread: Mickey Mantle: 500 Foot Home Runs in MLB Ballparks

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    Mickey Mantle: 500 Foot Home Runs in MLB Ballparks

    Mantle's long hits are based on descriptions from various sources.
    Many are contemporary measurements and some accomplished more recently
    using available Sanborn Maps and Photograpic maps. Google Earth was used to measure
    some of his home runs. One Example is the house his home run hit across Sullivan Ave. in St. Louis.
    Based on AVAILABLE but inadequate information, there are several
    other intriguing 500 foot candidates.
    Two other Mantle home run threads are found at:
    http://baseball-fever.com/showthread...tion-Home-Runs
    http://baseball-fever.com/showthread.php?t=93589

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    Mickey Mantle Home Run
    This home run may have landed in the street and bounced onto the roof top of a house
    across the street ending up in its back yard or an adjacent one. It is unlikely that it
    landed on the house. The ball struck the sign either 55' or 48' above the ground
    and the house front on a carom angle was another 55 feet away and 22 feet six inches to its top.
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    Mickey Mantle Home Run
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    Mickey Mantle Home Run 9.12.53
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    Mickey Mantle Home Run 6.21.55, 8.31.55.
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    Mickey Mantle Home Run.
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    Mickey Mantle Home Run 4.21.1956
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    Mickey Mantle Home Run 5.18.1956
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    Mickey Mantle Home Runs: 6.20.1956
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    Mickey Mantle Home Run: 7.1.1956
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    1957 World Series
    In an attempted pick off attempt Mantle slides back into
    2nd base as Red Schoendienst fielding the ball falls on
    Mantle's shoulder injuring it so severely it affects his left handed
    swing for the remainder of his career causing him to adopt
    more of an upper cut swing because of the pain and a catch
    in the shoulder that rarely left him. He was more prone to
    striking out on the fast one high inside. Mickey a few years
    later admitted that he just couldn't hit left handed anymore. Bunting
    added points to his left-handed batting average for most of the
    remainder of his career.
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    Mickey Mantle Home Run: July 3, 1958, Sep. 17, 1958
    There is much information available for this Briggs homer.
    Two Tigers state it was the longest they ever saw. Wind records for the day give windage
    for the entire course of the afternoon (Mickey hit the ball approximately 3:30pm or so) was between
    13 and 23 knts per hour. This homer, easily a 500 footer, is one of very few that can be shown to
    travel that far AGAINST a wind. The wind that day, dead against the direction the ball traveled was hit down the
    right field line 6-10 feet fair. Game start was 2:25 pm and Mickey hit the two run homer to tie the score in the Yankee 3rd.
    Some may argue otherwise but unless ball is hit in an open lot with no Grand Stand to block wind, a hit ball
    is not affected fully by the wind immediately, but gradually as it ascends to roof height.
    This was true with Ted Williams red seat homer and Babe's longest to the 45th row at Fenway, The
    opposite is true when a ball is hit against the wind: The wind flows over the roof and is on the ground 200 and more feet from home plate.
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    Mickey Mantle Home Run 6.21.1961
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    Mantle homer of June 21, 1961
    Mick's 2nd homer was one of those rising liners; the first struck the sign above the scoreboard.
    Gentile, Powell's, (45 feet up), Elston Howard and Reggie Jackson's were the other scoreboard homers.
    Mantle's struck about 65 - 70 feet high but the scoreboard is only 430' from home plate at its farthest point
    so it is unlikely the ball traveled 500 feet but not far from it.
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    Mickey Mantle Home Run 7.18.61
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    Mickey Mantle Home Run: 8.12.1964
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    Terrific thread, Bruce! I was blessed to witness Mickey's two shots on 6.20.56, and the sellout crowd in Detroit went berserk over both of them, even though they beat the Tigers. And as usual, Mickey ran around the bases with his head down--no showboating ever from him. Barry Bonds would probably still be standing in that vacant lot pointing to the sky. I miss the normal handshakes after home runs. Will they ever make a comeback? I doubt it.

    Bruce, I know you have a video clip of the 7.18.61 home run that hit high on the light standard at Griffith Stadium. Would you post it here in case
    we have any non-believers?

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    Mickey Mantle Home Run 7.18.61
    Here's a newspaper aticle reporting on that home run:
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    He defenitely liked hitting at Tiger Stadium. Lol.

    I think its amazing how in this era of steroids, increased workout regimens, harder throwers, etc. we barely see balls go past 450ft. Shows how great of a hitter guys like Mantle were.

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    And Mantle wasn't exactly a monster, size-wise. What? 210 pounds, at most?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DClutch View Post
    He defenitely liked hitting at Tiger Stadium. Lol.

    I think its amazing how in this era of steroids, increased workout regimens, harder throwers, etc. we barely see balls go past 450ft. Shows how great of a hitter guys like Mantle were.
    Mickey hit 3 in the Center Field lower deck bleachers, 5 in the Center Field upper deck bleachers, 1 that hit the roof facing in LC,
    5 on the roof in Right and RC, 1 that landed on the back of the roof in RC and bounced into the street against the wind
    and two that cleared the roof in right, one of which is illustrated above. I don't have much description for most of his many upper deck shots.
    --- a few in RC and LC.

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