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  • Originally posted by jackmcmanus21 View Post
    I remember hearing that Josh Gibson hit a few 500 footers....dont know if anyone witnessed them though
    I've hit a LOT of 500 footers that no one's ever witnessed
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    • Originally posted by JJA View Post
      Here is a quote from Dr. Adair's book, The Physics of Baseball, page 100.

      From descriptions in that book Adair concluded that the Mantle Griffith Park 506 foot home run is the longest home run that can reliably be estimated. Also of interest is his comment that on that particular home run the wind was blowing out at 20 mph with gusts of 41 mph. If it had been a windless day, Adair estimated that the home run could have been only 430 feet.

      Fun stuff for sure.

      -JJA
      How can Adair single out one home run of the dozens and dozens hit over the years and conclude that one in particular home run can be called the longest with reliability. What did he do with all the other long clouts, many that went out of parks unobstructed and we know where they struck ground or buildings.

      This is not to diminish Mick who I would think hit some of the longest ever and quite a number of long ones.
      I would dispute Adair laying that claim on anyone not just Mick. Had he said the same about Ruth, Foxx, McGwire, Bonds or any other I still ask, how can you pick just one of many.
      Last edited by SHOELESSJOE3; 03-14-2008, 11:03 PM.

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      • The longest ball I've ever seen hit

        The longest ball I've ever seen hit was by Mark McGwire during batting practice at the new Tiger stadium a few years back. He crushed it. The ball cleared the centerfield wall (420 feet) sailed past the center fountain area, past the statues near the fence in left centerfield, and bounced down the ramp, coming just short of clearing the outer fence. Must have been about 500 feet.

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        • longest hit ball

          I saw this myself; it was a night game at Angel Stadium in '67, before they closed in the stadium.
          Harmon Killebrew pulled one to left on a line and the backspin caused the ball to rise, it was still gaining altitude as it went beyond the lights and into the darkness.
          At the rate it was traveling and climbing, it should have reached Portland, Oregon, about 6 hours later. About 920 miles away.

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          • I don't know if anyone has mentioned this one. I don't feel like reading through 2 years of posts. But one I saw on tv sticks in my mind forever.
            It was the all star game in Detroit in 1971. Reggie Jackson decided he did not like a transformer on the right field roof. If the transformer wasn't there, who knows where that one would have ended up? If I recall correctly the ball was still on its upward flight.

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            • Originally posted by SHOELESSJOE3 View Post
              How can Adair single out one home run of the dozens and dozens hit over the years and conclude that one in particular home run can be called the longest with reliability. What did he do with all the other long clouts, many that went out of parks unobstructed and we know where they struck ground or buildings.

              This is not to diminish Mick who I would think hit some of the longest ever and quite a number of long ones.
              I would dispute Adair laying that claim on anyone not just Mick. Had he said the same about Ruth, Foxx, McGwire, Bonds or any other I still ask, how can you pick just one of many.
              I don't see where it should be noted that the ball the The Mick hit the edge of the scoreboard on its flight out of Griffith Stadium. When the baseball nicked the scoreboard, it would have slowed the ball down, even a little bit. So the ball could have, at least in theory, traveled further than it did.

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              • nick

                the experts never mention whether or not they take this into consideration
                in their estimates

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                  Originally posted by BaseballHistoryNut View Post
                  Conspicuously absent from your reply is any belief in the notion of a 630-foot HR on a super-windy day at Wrigley. I take it you just don't buy that?

                  I wish someone would simply measure that one off. They know where the house is.

                  BHN
                  This is the homerun you speak of . I'll double check but I believe the wind was blowing out at 18 mph. You can see that homerun on youtube.

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                    Originally posted by BaseballHistoryNut View Post
                    Thanks, RMB, I read the attachment. So, by your reading, the HR I'm talking about was before he was a Cub, while with the Mets. Their estimate is 530-550 Ft. I know, as I said, that two of the three he hit in the 23-22 game, when he WAS a Cub, were also murdered. But from your post, I gather perhaps you have information THIS is the HR I'm talking about which is now being estimated at a grand 630 feet, but manifestly was THEN estimated at 80 to 100 feet less.

                    I want someone with the right equipment simply to measure the distance from home plate to the wall, then the wall to the stadium's outer wall, then the outer wall to that house. How long could it take? Obviously it will be an asterisked HR in any event, because it got a ton of help, but it would be nice to know for sure how far it went, and this is one which doesn't need to be guesswork.

                    BHN
                    This is the homerun he hit while play with the Mets ,in 76 , and will help you get to the bottom of how they came up with the figure of 630 feet. You can measure it for yourself Google earth and you will see that it only about 530. Still a long blast.

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                    • Originally posted by BOBA25 View Post
                      I saw Cecil Fielder hit one over the roof, off Dave Stewart of Oakland, at Tiger Stadium
                      OAK@DET: Cecil Fielder homers over Tiger Stadium roof
                      8/25/90: Cecil Fielder's home run bounces over the roof in left field at Tiger Stadium



                      Originally posted by HondoHR33 View Post
                      Cecil also hit one out of old County Stadium in Milwaukee ... cleared the left-field bleachers ... anyone know how many times that's been done in that old ballpark?
                      DET@MIL: Cecil hits one out of the stadium
                      9/14/91: Cecil Fielder takes Dan Plesac deep for his 41st homer of the year, hitting it completely out of Milwaukee County Stadium

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                      • Originally posted by BaseballHistoryNut View Post
                        Conspicuously absent from your reply is any belief in the notion of a 630-foot HR on a super-windy day at Wrigley. I take it you just don't buy that?

                        I wish someone would simply measure that one off. They know where the house is.

                        BHN

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                        • Originally posted by carsdaddy View Post
                          [ATTACH]147603[/ATTACH] This is the homerun you speak of . I'll double check but I believe the wind was blowing out at 18 mph. You can see that homerun on youtube.
                          No one is hitting a baseball 630 linear feet. The 3rd house on that street that it hit measures 530 linear feet from home plate.

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                          • I was at Mac's longest carer HR - 545 feet vs. the Marlins in May of 1998. Dead CF.
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                            • Many old home runs have now been set right when data is known.

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