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  • The Bill Fischer Blast

    On May 22, 1963 Mickey Mantle came within six feet of hitting a fair ball out of Yankee Stadium. Mickey hit a 2-2 Bill Fischer pitch off the upper facade in right field. Bill Fischer recently joked that if Mickey played today, he'd hit 800 life time home runs.

    http://baseball.suite101.com/article...rdest_hit_ball
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  • #2
    <"The ball was rising when it hit.">

    The "legend" continues
    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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    • #3
      Originally posted by RuthMayBond View Post
      <"The ball was rising when it hit.">

      The "legend" continues
      And that is a good thing, especially since legends are based on facts, as Drebinger describes in the article.

      Tell me, how come when I was little, Mays was considered better than Mantle, but now, Mantle is generally considered better.

      Since neither has played since 1973, how can that happen?
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      • #4
        Originally posted by LouGehrig View Post
        And that is a good thing, especially since legends are based on facts, as Drebinger describes in the article.
        So you're saying the ball was still rising?
        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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        • #5
          Originally posted by LouGehrig View Post
          And that is a good thing, especially since legends are based on facts, as Drebinger describes in the article.

          Tell me, how come when I was little, Mays was considered better than Mantle, but now, Mantle is generally considered better.

          Since neither has played since 1973, how can that happen?
          Mays has finished ahead of Mantle in practically every poll/vote on this site.

          However, statistical analysis has grown greatly since 1973. Back then, walks were just walks. Now, they're value difference makers.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by LouGehrig View Post
            Tell me, how come when I was little, Mays was considered better than Mantle, but now, Mantle is generally considered better.
            That's not what I've heard (about back in the day).
            Mantle usually gets peak, Mays usually gets career. But why are Mantle cards valued so much more? h
            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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            • #7
              Originally posted by RuthMayBond View Post
              That's not what I've heard (about back in the day).
              Mantle usually gets peak, Mays usually gets career. But why are Mantle cards valued so much more? h
              Highest profile player for the team with the greatest exposure in the baseball card (Topps) era.
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              Joe Gary MCA Emanuel Sonny Dave Earl Stan
              Jonathan Neil Roger Anthony Ray Thomas Art Don
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              • #8
                Originally posted by RuthMayBond View Post
                So you're saying the ball was still rising?
                "...various reports from witnesses state that the ball was still climbing when it struck the facade."

                http://www.hittrackeronline.com/historic.php?id=1963_3
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by RuthMayBond View Post
                  That's not what I've heard (about back in the day).
                  Mantle usually gets peak, Mays usually gets career. But why are Mantle cards valued so much more? h
                  Simple, Mantle is more popular. Mays was loved but Mantle was worshipped. Also his 1952 Topps card was issued in the much harder to find high number series.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by LouGehrig View Post
                    "...various reports from witnesses state that the ball was still climbing when it struck the facade."
                    There are also various reports from witnesses who saw bigfoot or a UFO.

                    Legends live on.
                    “There can be no higher law in journalism than to tell the truth and to shame the devil.” Walter Lippmann

                    "Fill in any figure you want for that boy (Mantle). Whatever the figure, it's a deal." - Branch Rickey

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