Fans of America's favorite pastime get ready to read about some of the sluggers who slammed the longest home runs in MLB history. The major league home run hit is the most exciting thing that a player and a fan can experience during a game. To give you an idea of what a long home run is, a hit over 400 feet will get a player noticed. Anything over 450 feet is extraordinary and a drive in the 500 feet range is historic. Here is the list of a few of the longest home runs in MLB history and those who are responsible for them.
- Babe "The Bambino" Ruth The left-handed Ruth set distance records in every major league ball park and laid a performance standard in the major leagues that has never been surpassed. In July 1915, the rookie Babe Ruth hit an impressive drive that went over the right field bleachers at Sportsman's Park at St. Louis like a rocket. The baseball cleared the entire width of the Grand Boulevard and landed on the sidewalk, approximately 470 feet from home plate. This was the start of the modern day long distance home run slugging. The year 1921 was Babe's best year on tape. He hit at least one 500-foot home run in all eight American League cities.
- Cecil "Big Daddy" Fielder Fielder entered the Major Leagues at 21 years old to play for the Toronto Blue Jays. In September 1991 in Milwaukee's County Stadium, Cecil slammed a ball 502 foot home run over the left field bleachers. Cecil "Big Daddy" Fielder retired from baseball in 1998 at 35 years old.
- Ted "Teddy Ballgame" Williams It was 1939 when Ted entered the majors at twenty years old. In May 1939, two months after entering the big leagues, Williams slugged a home run over the right field grandstand in Detroit. Teddy was still a dominating force in 1960 when he banged a 475-foot homer to center field during an opening season game in Washington.
- Mickey "Mick" Mantle Mickey stepped onto the diamond as a major leaguer in 1931 at the age of nineteen. Mickey was a big slugger, who by his own account, hit the longest home run of his career of 370 feet at 115 feet above field level in May 1963 at Yankee stadium. The baseball hit the roof of the stadium, which stopped if from traveling further; Mantle hit the facade two or three times in his career. Quite a feat in itself. Mick was a switch hitter who hit equally long distances on both sides of the field.