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  • #76
    Originally posted by west coast orange and black
    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
    Mythical SF Chronicle scouting report: "That Jeff runs like a deer. Unfortunately, he also hits AND throws like one." I am Venus DeMilo - NO ARM! I can play like a big leaguer, I can field like Luzinski, run like Lombardi. The secret to managing is keeping the ones who hate you away from the undecided ones. I am a triumph of quantity over quality. I'm almost useful, every village needs an idiot.
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    • #77
      ^^ well, the seat is easier to spot from below than the dish from above. heh-heh.

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      • #78
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        • #79
          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...
          Last edited by Williamsburg2599; 02-08-2007, 02:01 PM.

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          • #80
            Mantle's longest by park

            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.
            Last edited by elmer; 12-13-2013, 10:48 AM.

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            • #81
              Originally posted by elmer
              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.
              Last edited by SHOELESSJOE3; 03-12-2007, 07:14 PM.

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              • #82
                Originally posted by elmer
                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
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                • #83
                  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.
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                  • #84
                    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.
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                    • #85
                      Originally posted by riverfrontier
                      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
                      Mythical SF Chronicle scouting report: "That Jeff runs like a deer. Unfortunately, he also hits AND throws like one." I am Venus DeMilo - NO ARM! I can play like a big leaguer, I can field like Luzinski, run like Lombardi. The secret to managing is keeping the ones who hate you away from the undecided ones. I am a triumph of quantity over quality. I'm almost useful, every village needs an idiot.
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                      • #86
                        Using Google Earth, I measured that shot to be 605 ft.!

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                        • #87
                          Originally posted by Williamsburg2599
                          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
                          Mythical SF Chronicle scouting report: "That Jeff runs like a deer. Unfortunately, he also hits AND throws like one." I am Venus DeMilo - NO ARM! I can play like a big leaguer, I can field like Luzinski, run like Lombardi. The secret to managing is keeping the ones who hate you away from the undecided ones. I am a triumph of quantity over quality. I'm almost useful, every village needs an idiot.
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                          • #88
                            Lumberyard HR

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                            Last edited by elmer; 06-03-2008, 04:26 AM.

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                            • #89
                              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.
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                              • #90
                                Mantle Thome

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                                Last edited by elmer; 06-03-2008, 04:25 AM.

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