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  • 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.

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    • This is from a website called "Mickey Mantle: The American Dream Comes to Life." It lists his 10 longest home runs, the first being the shot he hit of the frieze at Yankee Stadium off Bill Fischer in 1963. It was calculated to travel 734 feet if not impeded.

      The second longest was during a spring training game at USC's Bovard Field in 1951 before he had yet to play a major league game. This one traveled 660feet and is well documented. USC's football field ran along the right field fence. Mantle cleared both the fence and the football field. He also hit another earlier in the game that wasn't measured that is claimed to have gone close to 600 feet.

      The list shows him hitting 5 home runs at least 600 feet, and 1 at least 700 feet. There are more in the 600 foot range, but they have not been calculated, according to the site.
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      • Stadiumbuilder, that scoreboard that you believe hasn't been posted here is in photos posted on page one #1, #16 & #18. They are actually photos of the stadium and I believe it's the same scoreboard. Post #16 appears to be the renovation of '74-'75. Ironically, that's the scoreboard that was there in 1973.

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        • Originally posted by Gylmar View Post
          Yes it was taken before Opening Day 1959 against the Red Sox. Baseball-reference confirms it by the date of the Baltimore game which followed Boston into the Stadium in 1959.

          It's amazing to see that the back portion of the board is not built yet, the part that would house the men operating from inside the board. Later on that would be where the scoreboard letters would be stored that you can see stacked up in the bleachers.

          GREAT PIC!!!!
          Thanks, Glymar. You saved me some time. I expected one of you BF slueths to jump on this, so I took that route to confirm the picture date. Good job.
          Last edited by stadiumbuilder; 08-23-2009, 06:54 AM. Reason: sp

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          • Dear Sean O,

            You've made a number of posts saying we lack concrete business plans to save Gate 2. You have me curious. It it were up to you, what specific plans would you have to save the gate?

            Thank you.

            -Mike Wagner

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            • Originally posted by voodoochile View Post
              Stadiumbuilder, that scoreboard that you believe hasn't been posted here is in photos posted on page one #1, #16 & #18. They are actually photos of the stadium and I believe it's the same scoreboard. Post #16 appears to be the renovation of '74-'75. Ironically, that's the scoreboard that was there in 1973.
              Eddie, that particular picture is fresh, photos of the scoreboard already built are a dime a dozen. This is the one and only picture I've ever seen of it being constructed.

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              • Originally posted by stadiumbuilder View Post
                Eddie, that particular picture is fresh, photos of the scoreboard already built are a dime a dozen. This is the one and only picture I've ever seen of it being constructed.


                OK, I understand. I recall seeing photos of it, usually in a shot of the stadium, numerous times, but never noticed the team names protruding like that.

                So this is the scoreboard that performed its duty from '59 to '73?

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                • The one and only.

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                  • Originally posted by voodoochile View Post
                    OK, I understand. I recall seeing photos of it, usually in a shot of the stadium, numerous times, but never noticed the team names protruding like that.

                    So this is the scoreboard that performed its duty from '59 to '73?
                    The protrusions are the rotating displays indicating which team would be "at bat". During the game the linescore and lineup displays (as well as the auxiliary scoreboards in LF & RF would alternate between being red or white.

                    I believe that early on, the team at bat would be the one in red, but sometime later they would be the white one. I have posted pictures on this thread in the past which show both.

                    Around 1970 or so, the red indicator was dropped entirely and all team displays were white. Red lettering was always used however in the home schedule display beneath the Yankee logo for the next visiting team (current series opponents were listed first in white), as well as the out-of-town scoreboard on the right side.

                    Dennis
                    BrooklynDodger14

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                    • Originally posted by stadiumbuilder View Post
                      Thanks, Glymar. You saved me some time. I expected one of you BF slueths to jump on this, so I took that root to confirm the picture date. Good job.
                      You're very welcome stadiumbuilder, and thanks again for the great photo!
                      2001 WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS

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                      • I just followed the link that Elmer provided us to register a complaint and request a hearing for the Gate Two proposal. I went to Mayor Bloomberg's site and followed another link to the Bronx Borough. The first thing that I saw were land re-zoning proposals, and at the top of the list was 161st Street and River Avenue. The following is what it said, in part.

                        The Department of City Planning (DCP) proposes to rezone all or portions of eights blocks in three areas along the 161st Street and River Avenue corridors to provide opportunities for new residential, commercial, and community facility development in the civic heart of the Bronx. In conjunction with the rezoning, DCP proposes to create a new zoning district (C6-3D) to facilitate development along River Avenue with its elevated subway line and to employ the Inclusionary Housing Program to encourage development of affordable housing. The 161st Street / River Avenue rezoning is located in Community District 4, and is generally bound by River Avenue on the west, East 162nd Street to the north, Park Avenue to the east, and East 159th and East 153rd streets to the south.

                        The 161st Street corridor includes a variety of land uses ranging from Yankee Stadium at River Avenue, to Bronx County Courthouse and Borough Hall at the center of the corridor, and the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) Morrisania Air Rights Buildings at Park Avenue. The area has experienced a number of recent public and private investments . . . . .


                        This may be THE reason why Gate Two may not make it.

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                        • From Sports Illustrated June 22, 1959:
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                          • Anyone have a picture of the 1966 Old Timer's Game at OYS? I'm specifically looking for a picture of new HOFer Joe Gordon who was there to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the 1941 championship team.

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                            • Also looking for any information, hopefully a picture from a game played at OYS on July 13th, 1938 where Joe DiMaggio won it with his 2nd HR of the game to beat the Browns 15-12.

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                              • Record setting Yankees hit 13 HRs in a doubleheader
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