No one used to care about home runs. Balls rarely cleared the fences until Babe Ruth and other power hitters officially ended the Dead Ball Era in the 1920s. But our obsession with tape-measure jobs began long before that, on opening day at the Polo Grounds in 1883. No one knows how just far that Roger Conner homer went, but it sparked a national obsession with seeing how far you can hit a baseball with a piece of lumber. The following are some of the most powerful drives in baseball’s recorded history.
Mickey Mantle Gets Two You shouldn't be too surprised to hear that Mickey Mantle has two of these under his belt. The first was the only time a baseball ever cleared the bleachers. Dates: April 17, 1953 and September 10, 1960 Distances: 656 ft. and 634 ft. Stadiums: Griffith Stadium (Washington) and Brigg’s Stadium (Detroit)
Reggie Jackson Denied Many observers believe that Mr. October would have had one of these had the ball not hit a light tower. Date: July 6, 1974 Stadium: Brigg’s Stadium
Babe Ruth Breaks Out Babe Ruth inaugurated the power hitter era by cranking out a 470 footer while still playing for the Boston Red Sox. It’s not super long by our standards, but the early 1900s was a simpler time of barn dances and buggy rides. Date: July 21, 1915 Stadium: Sportsman’s Park (St. Louis) Distance: 470 ft.
Ernie Lombardi Hops a Train Jocularly referred to as the longest home run ever, Ernie Lombardi's hit flew over the center field wall, where it landed on a truck and continued on its way. Date: 1931 Stadium: Comiskey Park (Chicago) Distance: 30 miles
Mark McGwire Makes History Recording one of the biggest hits in recent history, Mark McGwire let one rip that would join the history books as the longest drive out of a stadium. Date: May 16, 1998 Stadium: Busch Stadium (St. Louis) Distance: 545 ft.
Adam Dunn Goes for a Swim in the Mighty Ohio How far did the ball float down the river after Adam Dunn knocked it out of the park? Someone picked it up 100 miles later in Louisville. Date: August 10, 2004 Stadium: Great American Ball Park (Cincinatti) Distance: 530 ft. (Estimated) 100 miles counting the river.
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