Mickey mantles longest home run
Mickey Mantle: The Commerce Comet by Jonah WinterA picture-book biography that traces Mickey Mantles unparalleled baseball career. He could run from home plate to first base in 2.9 seconds. He could hit a ball 540 feet the longest home run in major league history. He was the greatest switch hitter ever to play the game. And he did it all despite broken bones, pulled muscles, strains, and sprains, from his shoulders to his feet. How did a poor country boy from Commerce, Oklahoma, become one of the greatest and most beloved baseball players of all time? This is the story.
The Longest Home Runs in MLB History
Mickey Mantle hit many home runs during his career -- to be exact. And most of them were absolutely crushed. But one of the longest-rumored dingers he ever dinger'd was as a year-old during an exhibition match against USC. It actually took place on this day, 67 years ago. Mantle hit two long balls that game -- hoping to take the center-field job from an aging Joe DiMaggio -- and the first was said to have gone somewhere between feet.
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Hitting a baseball hundreds of feet is incredibly hard. Accurately measuring those moonshots isn't much easier. After Giancarlo Stanton decimated a baseball during the World Baseball Classic, MLB Network informed viewers that the hulking outfielder torpedoed the ball feet at an exit velocity of Statcast data, however, is still a relatively new tool. Decades before these modern advances, historians were left to make questionable estimations or even use an actual tape measure.
Wednesday marks the 60th anniversary of one of the most famous home runs in major-league history -- one hit by Mickey Mantle off Chuck Stobbs at Griffith Stadium in Washington, D. Yankees publicist Red Patterson claimed the home run went feet. While we may never know for sure just how far Mantle's historic blow traveled, we can use ESPN's Home Run Tracker to illustrate just how far feet is by comparing it to some of the longest home runs from recent seasons. On Sept. This ball left Dunn's bat at approximately miles per hour, but in order for this home run to have traveled feet, he would have had to hit the ball at about miles per hour.