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    Question Wrigley Field scoreboard

    How far is it from home plate?

    I was surprised to learn its never been hit by a batted baseball.

    Can you personally remember anyone who has come close?

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    Use Google Earth. They have a nice overhead image of Wrigley and a measuring tool. It's about 465-7 linear feet to the scoreboard, and about 60 feet high at the bottom, so a ball would have to be hit on a trajectory of at least 503 feet (very high fly) to hit at the bottom. A more typical drive that reached the bottom of the scoreboard would travel from 515-530 feet if unobstructed.






    If someone has blueprints of Wrigley, we could get another perspective.
    Last edited by SultanOfWhat; 06-21-2010 at 10:05 PM.

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    Wow! That's further then I thought. I may have to edit my 'Myth of Wrigley' narration...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shawon-o-Meter View Post
    How far is it from home plate?

    I was surprised to learn its never been hit by a batted baseball.

    Can you personally remember anyone who has come close?
    Roberto Clemente came close on May 17, 1959.
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    Actually got to sit UNDERNEATH that scoreboard to escape the rain during last Tuesdays game against the A's. Never been that close to it before, quite an experience. Also, got to touch the Stanley Cup outside after the game...amazing.

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    Not only does it sit far from the plate but you would have to hit the ball really high and that does not happen that often without pulling it.
    I remember in the 70s we used to call the scoreboard operator "Quasimodo"
    He looked the part.



    Here is a short video from inside the scoreboard

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ssLI...layer_embedded
    Last edited by Philtration; 06-23-2010 at 08:39 PM.

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    You guys are great for info..thanks!

  8. Looking at it from the home plate area, it reminds me a little of the "rock pile" section at Coors Field.
    Not saying it is the same distance because I am not sure of both dimentions but it reminds me of it.
    I remember buying Cardinals tix when they came to Coors just because I wanted to see if McGwire could reach them in BP...
    Go Gigantes!

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