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.