posted on Feb, 10 2006 @ 02:30 AM
Well, I Googled it and came up with "authorities," of a sort.
It's not the Stobbs home run at Griffith Stadium. It's a home run at Tiger Stadium in 1960. One site says, "The longest measured home run in a Major
League Game [why capitalize "game"?] is 193 meters (634 feet) by Mickey Mantle (USA), when playing for the New York Yankees against the Detroit Tigers
at Briggs Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USA, on September 10, 1960." Another entry on this same page says the ball Mantle hit off Stobbs was SIX
hundred and fifty six feet long, which might be 'nuff said for the credibility of this site.
Another site, however, provides a lot more detail about this home run we've mysteriously never heard about. (And, by the way, it estimates Kingman's
famous MONSTER blast on that monster-windy day at Wrigley at 630 feet.) Anyway, here's what it says:
"Not surprisingly, Mickey Mantle holds the record for longest ball ever hit. [I don't know why this is not surprising. Babe Ruth annihilated all
records for HR length everywhere he went.] The Mick was widely renowned for his tape-measure blasts, but this one took the cake. The date was
September 10, 1960, and the powerhouse Yankees were at Briggs Stadium [the former name of Tiger Stadium] in Detroit to play the Tigers.
"Righthander Paul Foytack was pitching to Mantle in the seventh inning. He fell behind 2-0, never a good idea against the best switch-hitter in
history. Sure enough, Foytack's next pitch turned around in a hurry. The ball sailed high into the air and just kept going. It rocketed high over
the right field fence, passed untouched through a network of light fixtures, and flew out of the park at a height of at least 440 feet [measured
"The moonshot eventually landed in a lumberyard across adjacent Trumbull Avenue. Incredulous observers estimated it at 634 feet, the longest blast
ever recorded. Even with the andro-enhanced bombs being hit today, no one has duplicated the Mick's incredible feat. Of course, home run distances
are not measured scientifically, so the 634 foot number may not be entirely accurate."
This quote came from one Jake Thomases, whoever he is/was. I suggest the tone of the writing betrays an obvious and strong bias. Further, the page
provides exactly zero details as to how this figure was arrived at. Serious baseball fans, and all baseball history fans, have heard of the Stobbs
blast, and the 550 or 565 feet figures, for an eternity. Well, OK, for over 50 years now, that ball having been hit the same year I was born.
This new and exciting projection comes from out of nowhere, 55 years after the fact.
As I said on my response, Robert Creamer credibly put together evidence that Babe Ruth's final HR, #714, hit when he was totally washed up and a sad
shell of himself, was about 600 feet long. That of course begs the question just how long some of his earlier blasts were. But to take that historic
Forbes Field blast and project that Ruth hit 782-foot HR's at League Park, Comiskey Park and Yankee Stadium, for example, would be completely out of
And until I see some meaningful evidence about this "634 foot HR," how it was measure, VIDEO evidence of it (it was 1960 and these were the Yankees,
after all), that's how I view this new-and-exciting stat.
DOES ANYBODY HAVE ANY FACTUAL KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THIS??