One could argue our fervor for going yard began 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 just how far guys can hit a baseball with a piece of lumber. More than 130 years later, here are some of the most powerful drives in 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 Ruth inaugurated the power hitter era with a big blast while still playing for the 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. Distance: 470 ft. Stadium: Sportsman’s Park (St. Louis)
Ernie Lombardi Takes a Road Trip Jocularly referred to as the longest home run ever, Ernie Lombardi's shot 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
#!dcdisplayfpb0i0fs10Date~05.05.2000; Source=Local:Staff; Time~20:54; Type=Picture;––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––fs16bNo Titlefs12b02000.0505.10.2--REDS--nikon digial image--Slugger Mark McGwire lets go of the bat as he watches the longest home run in the history of Cinergy Field Friday night as he clobbered a ball for the 473 foot mark. Photo by Craig Ruttle/Cincinnati Enquirerfpb0i0fs10––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––fpi0bfs16Digital Collections/IPTCfpb0i0fs10Date Shot=20000506;
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.