The Longest Home Runs in MLB History
- In his previous life, Mark McGwire made a career by hitting dingers for the St. Louis Cardinals. Photograph courtesy of Matthew Stockman/Getty Images Hitting a baseball hundreds of feet away is quite difficult. It’s not much simpler to get an accurate reading on those moonshots. While playing in the World Baseball Classic, Giancarlo Stanton torpedoed a baseball 424 feet away with an exit velocity of 117.3 miles per hour, according to MLB Network, which broadcasted the incident. Statcast data, on the other hand, is still a relatively new resource. Since 2006, ESPN’s Home Run Tracker has also been tracking long balls, providing viewers a better understanding of how home runs travel. Historical estimates were based on problematic assumptions or even the usage of an actual tape measure decades before these current technological breakthroughs. As a result, any urban legends regarding someone’s 600-foot homer should be treated with caution. As a result, no collection of baseball’s longest home runs can be deemed 100 percent legitimate at this time. Evaluation of all-time distances remains an inexact science because there are no actual figures for anything prior to 2006. But why quibble about semantics when we can sit back and watch some of Major League Baseball’s top sluggers smash a few home runs? In order to find the longest documented home runs in baseball history, let’s use the greatest information we have at our disposal:
- These significant outliers did not make the cut, whether it was due to inflated estimations or technical problems about qualifying for a list of MLB home runs. They are as follows: Joey Meyer has a height of 582 feet (1987) Joey Meyer, a minor league first baseman for the Denver Zephyrs, hit a long ballon on the field on Saturday. The flight took place on June 3, 1987, and it purportedly traveled a record-breaking 582 feet. He was promoted to the majors the following season, however he only played in 156 games with the Milwaukee Brewers. Josh Gibson is 580 feet tall (1937) Although there is no video footage or official measurement of his great effort, Negro League player Josh Gibson is said to have hit a home run from 580 feet out of Yankee Stadium on June 3, 1937, according to historical records. This would put him in the running for the record for the longest round-trip ever, if it were possible. Mark McGwire has a distance of 487 feet (1998) There is a good chance that Mark McGwire’s record-breaking home run on May 16, 1998, did not reach 545 feet as originally calculated. His real distance was 487 yards, according to ESPN’s Home Run Tracker. It was one of five home runs in the game. The 1998 season set a new record by traveling at least 500 feet, according to the Baseball Almanac. Andres Galarraga has a height of 468 feet (1997) On May 31, 1997, Andres Galarraga hit a home run by launching a souvenir into the top deck at Pro Player Stadium, which was vacant at the time. Despite the fact that the blast was reported to be 529 feet in height, ESPN arrived at 468 feet. John Pastier of Slate computed a distance of around 479 feet, which is comparable to the actual distance. Jose Canseco has a height of 443 feet (1989) The Oakland Athletics’ victory against the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1989 American League Championship Series was aided by a home run by Jose Canseco into the upper deck. It did not, however, go the 540 feet that others have said it did. With the help of ESPN’s Home Run Tracker, an estimated real distance of 443 feet was determined.
- According to Statcast, someone will soon surpass Mike Piazza’s 496-foot home run on September 26, 1997, as the biggest home run in the history of Coors Field. But don’t get your hopes up just yet. The final distance of Piazza’s grand slam was calculated as 515 feet by ESPN’s Home Run Tracker, which tells a different story. To defend its expanded projection, ESPN’s blurb stated that the Rockies credited Piazza with a 496-foot home run, but that their process for quantifying home runs at the time “did not attempt to consider the additional distance the ball would have traveled had it not fallen on the concourse.” “The landing spot is 496 feet from home plate and 26 feet above field level, according to ESPN’s StatsInfo Group.” Although eye exams are subject to a broad range of biases, the video data supports his position. As a result, Piazza is chosen over other tape-measure hits recorded at longer distances because this writer believes the more recent, in-depth data (Statcast) is more reliable than a ballpark statistic supplied without much supporting evidence.
- Among those on this list are icons, Hall of Famers, and rakers who held clearly great influence during their careers. However, near the top of the list is a journeyman who hit 186 home runs in a career that was mostly devoid of consistent playing time. Glenallen Hill hit a career-high 27 home runs for the Chicago Cubs and the New York Yankees during his last season in the major leagues in 2000. According to ESPN’s Home Run Tracker, one moonshot fired on May 11, 2000 traveled 500 feet with an exit velocity of 116.7 mph. This time, the ball flew out of Wrigley Field and landed on the roof of a building across the street from the stadium. Two months later, the Cubs moved him to the Yankees, where he enjoyed his most productive stretch of his career to that point. Hill batted.333/.378/.735 with 16 home runs in 40 games for the eventual World Series champions, and he did so in a searing hot environment.
- Cecil Fielder hit a career-high 95 home runs in 1990 and 1991, including a rocket that soared over the Tiger Stadium roof in the latter year. The power display was praised by Bob Ryan of the Boston Globe, who received his information from Mike Bertha of MLB.com. As Ryan put it, “the ball took what can only be described as a breathtaking arc and landed on the left-field roof of Tiger Stadium.” “They informed us that it was recorded at 484 feet about an inning or so later. I would have guessed 1,484 feet if you had told me.” Oh, and that isn’t even Fielder’s submission in the contest. Rather, let’s go back to September 14, 1991, when the Detroit Tigers’ slugger smashed a ball past the bleachers at Milwaukee County Stadium. It was eleven years until the Milwaukee Brewers selected Fielder’s son, Prince, to be their first-round pick in the 2005 draft. In a research released by Baseball Almanac, historian William J. Jenkinson estimated the distance traveled by a home run to be 502 feet, which was the longest estimate from IBM’s measurement system from 1982 to 1996.
- Associated Press photographer Peter J. Carroll When scholars look into an older home run in pursuit of a more authentic narrative, they frequently deflate an exaggerated yarn, which causes everyone’s celebration to be ruined. In this particular instance, though, initial assessments looked to have undervalued Ted Williams. On June 9, 1946, the great hitter drove a dinger into the Fred Hutchinson field, which was determined to have gone 502 feet. It wasn’t awful at all, but ESPN’s Home Run Tracker judged that Williams deserved even more credit for his performance. According to ESPN’s investigation, the ball struck a fan’s straw hat in the right field bleachers, deep in the stands. The ball would have continued to roll, resulting in a true-distance computation of 530 feet for the final result.” Satellite and ground-based digital photos indicate that the 502-foot figure represents an accurate measurement of the horizontal distance to the ‘Red Seat,’ but because the impact point was approximately 30 feet above field level, the ball would have traveled a greater distance before landing at field level if the flight had not been disrupted by the impact point.” Thank you for your understanding to those whose over-reported shots were discounted or eliminated, therefore advancing their careers. The legend of 344/482/634 appears to be justified
- The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Adam Dunn played in just 44 games during his time with the team, but one of his eight home runs remains the farthest ever recorded at Chase Field. With 40 deep flies on September 27, 2008, the slugger clinched his fifth season in the majors. This Glendon Rusch shot soared 504 feet above the center field awning, according to the official measurement. ESPN Home Run Tracker determined that it was the farthest shot since the site began collecting statistics in 2008. It’s also not the first time the prototype with three genuine outcomes has appeared on this list
- In fact, it’s the third time.
- There are few things that can make a pitcher more nervous than the prospect of Giancarlo Stanton lurking inside the batter’s box at Coors Field. While the Miami Marlins slugger does not require the assistance of a ballpark to punish a baseball, he did partner with the high-altitude venue on Aug. 6, 2016, to hit a 504-foot home run. According to Ben Weinrib of MLB.com, the blast was the furthest home run hit by a Major League Baseball player since the league implemented Statcast in all stadiums at 2015. The new technology determined an exit velocity of 115.8 miles per hour and a launch angle of 18.3 degrees. In an interview with Weinrib, Marlins manager Don Mattingly said, “I think we enjoy watching the ball soar like that, especially if it’s one of our players who hits it.” “Most players don’t hit balls with that trajectory because they don’t have enough power. He smacks balls that simply keep rolling down the field. He slams them into the ground with force.” For the sake of everyone’s amusement, Miami should send Stanton to Colorado and watch how much damage he can wreak over the course of a complete season at Coors Field.
- Mo Vaughn isn’t remembered fondly by many Mets fans who grew up in New York. After being acquired from the then-Anaheim Angels in 2001, the 1995 American League MVP was sidelined for the entirety of his first season with the Mets before returning to the team in 2002 as a shadow of his former self. While he struggled to hit.190/.323/.329 during his tragic farewell season in 2003, the big first baseman managed to clear the fences 26 times in 2002. The most spectacular of those bombs came on June 26, when he knocked one off the scoreboard at Shea Stadium. “Keep an eye on that splash on the scoreboard,” Keith Hernandez used to say when he was a Mets commentator in his earlier years. “It appears like the beer is on its way down.” His strong swing was assessed to be 505 feet long by the park, making it one of the largest home runs in the history of the Big Apple.
- Jim Thome was one of baseball’s most underappreciated sluggers, retiring with the fewest 612 home homers and.956 on-base percentage in the game’s history. On July 3, 1999, the Cleveland Indians’ top pitcher screamed a ball 511 feet, according to estimates. In the eyes of the casual fan, the humble masher, who will be eligible for candidacy for the Hall of Fame next year, may not be completely appreciated. Cleveland, on the other hand, chose to celebrate Thome’s home run by erecting a monument of the franchise’s all-time home run leader near the landing site of the game’s longest home run in 2014. According to Cleveland.com’s Joey Morona, Thome stated during the unveiling event, “I don’t think anyone could ever feel comfortable having a monument, I mean that sincerely.” “You start off as a youngster, graduate through high school, get drafted, and work your way up through the minor leagues until you reach the majors. Nobody ever imagines themselves as a monument, and I definitely didn’t.” Everyone who wants to leave a lasting legacy should take note of the following lesson: Keep your head down, work hard, and hit dingers.
- Darryl Strawberry tested the boundaries of Olympic Stadium before being benched in favor of Homer Simpson by launching a souvenir into the stadium’s lights. With no idea where the ball had landed on April 4, 1988, the Mets outfielder waited at second before being given permission to complete the bases-clearing routine. The ball would have traveled 525 feet further if it hadn’t collided with the lights, according to physics professor Bob Moore, as reported by the New York Times’Joseph Durso According to Durso’s account, Expos right fielder Hubie Brooks stated that he could feel the wind blowing. “Straw struck it so far and so high that I couldn’t do anything but stand and watch.” When Strawberry hit his 39th home run of the season during New York’s Opening Day triumph, he had tied his previous season’s career record for home runs in a single season. Despite the fact that his off-field issues delayed his ascent to superstardom, his moonshot in Montreal serves as a reminder of his incredible raw power.
- On April 14, 1976, Dave Kingman blasted a home run completely out of Wrigley Field. That much is already established. The precise distance, on the other hand, is still up in the air. It is estimated that the famed fly ball traveled 573 feet, according to William Jenkinson, whereas the New York Times first claimed a 630-foot distance. Jenkinson’s results serve as the foundation for the 530-foot mark that is now in use. As Jenkinson said in his letter, “it has been determined that the ball struck against the third house beyond Waveland Avenue, which is located approximately 530 feet from home plate.” “Again, we have an example of a truly amazing home run that has been over inflated,” says the author. A collector who purchased Kingman’s moonshot outside of Wrigley Field in 2003, Richard Keiber, maintained to the Chicago Tribune’s Rick Talley that 600 feet was a more accurate measurement. In any case, everyone can agree that he struck the ball a long distance.
- Because ESPN has not taken a closer look at Adam Dunn’s dinger, the 535-foot estimate is given the benefit of the doubt for the time being. What’s more, the “Wow, that ball definitely was hit a long far” eye test is passed with flying colors here. The left-handed raker immediately established a gaudy standard during the second season of Great American Ball Park on Aug. 10, 2004, when he smashed a Jose Lima pitch that traveled 404 feet past the center field fence. Later, Dunn remembered to C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer that “I was waiting on a changeup” because to his opponent’s low pitch count of “like 88.” “That changeup is going to make me look like an ass, and I’m not going to let him get away with it because he’s got a very excellent one if you don’t sell out to it. That particular heater just so happened to malfunction, and I have no idea what happened.” Dunn concluded the season with a career-best 46 long balls, which was a season record for him. Few sluggers were as powerful as he was during his heyday, making him one of baseball’s most feared batters despite his penchant for striking out
- Photograph by Rich Pilling/Getty Images Over the course of his career, Willie Stargell hit a slew of moonshots. According to Allied News’ Jim Sankey, as relayed by Matt Monagan of MLB.com, the Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder hit seven of 18 balls over the 86-foot high roof in right field to clear Forbes Field’s protective netting. What was his most impressive display of power? On May 20, 1978, a ferocious hack was delivered that traveled farther than any ball ever hit at Montreal Stadium. According to Matt Kelly of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, the ball traveled about 535 feet. Don Sutton, a Hall of Fame pitcher, was taken aback by Stargell’s home run against his former team, the Los Angeles Dodgers. According to Kelly, Sutton stated, “I’d never seen anything like it.” The dignity of the pitchers is taken away by him, not only by hitting them. This wasn’t even the pinnacle of Stargell’s career. He was 38 years old and in his 16th season of professional baseball, yet he still went deep 28 times in 450 plate appearances, earning a.567 slugging percentage in the process. His five postseason home runs propelled the Pirates to a World Series triumph the following year.
- While there is no definitive list of the farthest All-Star Game home runs, it is reasonable to argue that Reggie Jackson’s shot from the outfield in 1971 would be at the top of the list. The Oakland Athletics outfielder went up to the plate against Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Dock Ellis, who entered the Midsummer Classic with a 2.11 earned run average, according to Baseball-Reference.com. He had only surrendered four home runs throughout the first half of the game, but Jackson hit him for an unofficial fifth in the second. If it hadn’t collided with a transformer on the roof of Tiger Stadium, the baseball would have gone on to complete a longer journey. ESPN’s Home Run Tracker predicted that a ball traveling at 124 mph off the bat would go 539 feet if it were unfettered in the air. Mr. October is given the benefit of the doubt after his achievement in July, but keep an eye on the ball as it rockets off his bat. It’s possible that the roof prevented it from completely clearing Detroit.
- The urban legends about Mickey Mantle’s power have gone wild, and it’s no surprise. At one point, he was credited with launching a 656-foot bomb during his collegiate career, a feat that would be impossible even for an MLB player who did not use performance-enhancing drugs. Despite this, the legend of his 565-foot moonshot continues to live on. The year was 1953, and the date was April 17, 1953. The location: Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C. Chuck Stobbs was the unfortunate soul who accidentally fed the Hall of Fame outfielder a gopher ball. It is credited above by MLB Network’s Bob Costas as the holder of the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest home run. He further stated that the team’s public relations director really obtained that figure by measuring it with a tape measure, and that the word “home run” was coined to characterize massive home runs that are now measured using more scientific methods. Even though ESPN didn’t dare to dispel this mythology, the network performed research into another home run hit against the Kansas City Royals on May 22, 1963. ESPN calculated an astounding real distance of 503 feet, despite the fact that it was nowhere near the 734-foot mark. The ball may not have traveled the whole 565 feet
- William Jenkinson proposed 510 feet as a more accurate assessment of the distance. There is still no debate about Mantle’s status as one of the finest and most powerful hitters to ever play the game.
- According to the Associated Press Although there are several reports of Babe Ruth hitting his legendary home run beyond 600 feet, there were no reliable measurement instruments available during his playing days at the time. Taking hearsay as hard proof is unwise, but it’s impossible to think that a player who hit 714 home runs during the dead-ball era wasn’t capable of producing unexpected outcomes. Mr. Ruth “defies reasonable examination,” noted William Jenkinson, who credited Ruth with setting distance records in every Major League Baseball venue. Amazingly, several of those records have yet to be broken, which means that Ruthis is a real sporting anachronism in today’s world. Ruthian counterparts do not exist in practically any other sphere of endeavor in which physical performance can be quantified, and this is especially true in sports. For example, in 1921, which was Ruth’s finest tape measure season, he hit at least one 500-foot home run in each of the eight American League towns he visited. If these findings are correct, there should be no question about their validity. Despite the shortage of film on Ruth, we can nevertheless make precise assessments of the approximate landing places of all of his 714 career home runs despite the lack of available footage. Jenkinson’s book, The Year Babe Ruth Hit 104 Home Runs, as reported by Sports Illustrated’s Cliff Corcoran, also recognized The Bambino as the owner of the three farthest home runs ever hit, according to Corcoran. It’s not the most engaging of the stories, but a 575-foot dinger at Navin Field in Detroit is the most interesting on this list. This was further supported by the renowned historian, who cited legends of the Sultan of Swat shooting a shot from nearly 600 feet at Wilkes University’s Artillery Park in 1926. Even while skeptics will be forgiven for questioning the distance, some will choose to just believe. Please keep in mind that all videos are courtesy of MLB.com.
Longest HR ever is not one you think
An earlier version of this story appeared in the March 2021 issue of The New York Times. Take a moment to consider the following: Which baseball player has hit the longest home run in history? The first thing that springs to mind is something that will smash tater tots and defy gravity with an ear-splitting boom. The Sultan of Swat, or the King of Crash, might be on the loose. Over the course of his baseball-wrecking career, Babe Ruth hit a number of home runs. While some were thrown into alligator ponds, others went about clearing fencing one after another until there were no more fences to clean.
- There are legends of his 600-foot home runs and how he used the old Yankee Stadium as if it were his personal Little League baseball field.
- There’s the incredible force of Wily Mo Pea and Glenallen Hill, to name a couple of examples.
- What if I told you that he’s now employed at a regular day job on the island of Maui and that he never even mentions it?
- The Hawaii native hit just 18 home runs in 156 games with the Brewers between 1988 and 1989, but he was a major power threat in the Minors, standing at a towering 6-foot-3 and 260 pounds.
- And then, on one particularly beautiful night, in the thin air of Mile High Stadium, he hit a home run to orbit the earth.
- The following is true: “I’ve been working at this job for five years and I don’t tell anyone.” The events of June 2, 1987 took place throughout the night of that day.
- The massive football/baseball stadium has a capacity of around 70,000 people, yet just a little more than 1,000 people were in attendance.
- From 1984 through 1986, he blasted 91 home runs while batting around.300 and amassing more than 100 RBIs on two separate occasions.
- It was reported in the New York Times that the squad couldn’t even locate a shirt that would fit his body during the season.
- When he was in school, the first baseman was even subjected to the “Barry Bonds treatment,” which included being intentionally walked with the bases loaded.
- Meyer had already hit a home run by the time he came up for the at-bat in question that night.
In fact, Meyer recalls, “the first one I hit barely made it over the fence, and everyone on the opposite team started chanting cheapie and all that.” “It was the following one, though, that was the one.” Meyer took a step back and connected with a breaking ball from reliever Mike Murphy, blasting it far into the darkness of the Denver outfield.
- If you look at the video, you can see that the camera is unable to track it that high.
- “Well, I knew I had a terrific swing,” Meyer admitted to me.
- You should know that I didn’t watch it.
- When I reached third base, Terry Bevington was the one who informed me that I had entered the top deck of the stadium.
- It had never been done before in a game.
- “Donnie Scott, a new player from Baltimore, had joined the team,” Meyer explained.
- He was a fan of my bats, so I swapped him my bat for a Cal Ripken bat in exchange for his.
He then utilized it the next day, and it shattered during his very first plate appearance.
The next day, the media swarmed to Mile High in search of an interview with the guy who had achieved heights never before achieved.
He is overwhelmed by his own might.
“It was crazy.” “Especially if you’re not used to dealing with a large number of reporters and their belongings being bundled together in front of you, such as their microphones.
Tennyson informed me over the phone, “I’m not sure why they made the decision to do it.” “I’m not a big baseball fan, and I don’t know much about the sport.
However, they just invited me to come in and informed me that this was the location of the incident, which seemed to be a considerable distance away.
Due to the fact that he was responsible for putting down the foundations for the football and baseball fields at Mile High Stadium, he was intimately aware with the terrain and size of the facility.
And then it was just a matter of calculating it from there.
He also stated that he was not a fan of baseball and that he was just concerned with acquiring a precise measurement and was not taking home run history into consideration at all.
Although he claimed that a University of Colorado professor phoned him immediately after the data were released and concurred with the method by which he arrived at the distance, So there you have it: the record for the longest homer ever verified by measurement.
That, however, is a very different and bizarre story.
However, his power never transferred to the major leagues, and he returned to the Minors for a brief stint the following year before retiring from professional baseball in 1991 at the age of 29.
Meyer stated that he hasn’t given much consideration to the home run until the last few years, when he was asked.
“It’s a unique experience to witness it.
“My playing career came to an end with me failing to fulfill my expectations of staying in the major leagues longer and establishing myself.
Things are more valuable to me now than they were a few years ago.” Joey and his wife, Piilani, are a couple.
Despite this, he appears to be pleased with his situation, volunteering a little time at MLB clinics on the island and remaining silent about his baseball career until someone finds out about it.
“It’s an honor for you to even think about calling me,” Meyer expressed gratitude. “Even though it’s been so many years, I’m glad I’m still known for anything.”
The Longest Home Runs Ever Hit
The act of hitting a home run to straightaway center field on a fastball that is traveling at 90 miles per hour is tough to do. The standard center field wall in the major leagues is 400-410 feet away from home plate, depending on the league. That’s a long way out in the distance. The sluggers on this list, on the other hand, make 400 feet look like a walk in the park because they have all hit the ball at least 503 feet. A large number of these home runs made it to the upper decks, and several even made it out of the stadium entirely.
We now bring to you the top 15 farthest home runs ever hit by a baseball player.
15. Richie Sexson, 503 Feet
Richie Sexson towered over everyone in the batter’s box, giving the impression that he was tall enough to play in the NBA. The 6’6″ journeyman outfielder has excellent extension, which enabled him to blast 306 home runs in his career, the most of which came during his prime years with the Seattle Mariners and the Milwaukee Brewers. In Arizona, he hit his longest career home run off of Chicago Cubs pitcher Francis Beltran, who was pitching for the Diamondbacks. The beautiful shot really landed above the centerfield fence, on the scoreboard above the fence.
14. Adam Dunn, 504 Feet
When Adam Dunn steps up to the plate, it’s generally a 50-50 bet on his performance. He will either strike out or hammer a hanging curve ball into the bleachers if he does not strike out. And just because he hits from the left side doesn’t imply it’s a smart idea to use a southpaw as a pitcher in order to strategize against him. In September 2008, Dunn smashed a fastball from Colorado lefty Glendon Rusch into the Jumbotron at Chase Field, which was broadcast on the stadium’s video board. Apart from Dunn, only Mickey Mantle and Mark McGwire appear twice on this list, demonstrating that Dunn is a formidable hitter.
13. Mo Vaughn, 505 Feet
Even though Big Mo was plagued by ailments late in his career, you’d never know it from seeing him blast this moon shot as a member of the New York Mets. A fan favorite in Boston, his greatest years were spent hitting home runs with his trademark swooping, uppercut swing, which resulted in a large number of dingers. He was Big Papi before Big Papi was even a thing. The tater in this video caused a ripple to appear on the Shea Stadium Jumbotron, which is located in the right field corner.
12. Jim Thome, 511 Feet, Out of the Park
Thome hit a home run with a lovely, sweet swing. It was enough to allow him to hit 612 home runs over the course of his 22-year career and earn him a spot in the Hall of Fame when he becomes eligible. Thome, the most popular player to ever don a Cleveland Indians jersey, took advantage of Kansas City Royals pitcher Don Wengert with a home run that flew out of Jacobs Field, much to the surprise of the crowd, television commentators, coaches, and teammates.
It may not have been the first or the last home run to leave Jacobs Field, but it was certainly the most memorable.
11. David Ortiz, 514 Feet
The Red Sox’s Big Papi, Ortiz unleashed a barrage of home runs on opposing pitchers during his time at Fenway Park, sending home rockets rocketing beyond Pesky’s pole. Following his significant contribution to the Red Sox’s 2004 championship run, Ortiz was invited to join an all-star squad for a tour to Japan. Ortiz hit a home run into the lights high above the upper deck in right field during a 5-3 victory over the Japan Stars at the Tokyo Dome. Thank you very much, Big Papi.
10. Mark McGwire, 523 Feet
While Jim Thome is the only player we can think of to smack a homer right out of Jacobs Field, this round tripper would have probably fallen further if not for a Budweiser sign hung above the fans in the back row of the left field seats. Â The A’s McGwire hit the ball so hard off of Cleveland’s Orel Hershiser that it caused the veteran pitcher to mouth the word “wow” as the ball sailed into the left field bleachers. Though this home run is impressive, it pales in comparison to the one later in this list, an absolute blast against future Hall of Famer Randy Johnson.
9. Darryl Strawberry, 525 Feet
There’s nothing quite like getting the head of the bat out on a hard fastball in the upper 90s. Because of his dinger that went off the scoreboard on Opening Day at Olympic Stadium in Montreal in 1988, the Straw Man was considered to be one of the greatest at his craft. It was a spectacular shot, one that had never before been seen at the ‘Big O.’ Strawberry even came to a halt at second base when the ball hit the ceiling of the stadium, wondering whether or not to continue his home run trot, until the umpire gave him the okay to touch all of them.
8. Andres Galarraga, 529 Feet
One major perk of being a slugger for the Colorado Rockies is being able to play in the comfortable confines — and thin air — of Coors Field. The longest home run in Colorado Rockies history, however, occurred in a road game against the Florida Marlins in May 1997, while the Rockies were playing in Florida. In this specific instance, “The Big Cat” Andres Galarraga hit a home run off the Marlins’ star pitcher Kevin Brown into the upper deck of the old Pro Players Stadium in a spectacular display of power.
7. Dave Kingman, 530 Feet
A home run down Waveland Avenue is a common occurrence for power hitters at Wrigley Field’s venerable home plate. Then there was Dave ‘King Kong’ Kingman, a New York Mets slugger who one-upped everyone who came before him and everyone who has played at Wrigley Field afterwards. Rather of just hitting the ball onto Waveland Avenue, Kingman went above and above, bouncing the ball off the front porch of a supporter’s home. At 13:57, Kingman scored his first goal.
6. Reggie Jackson, 532 Feet
While donning pinstripes for the New York Yankees, Mr. October was the creator of many iconic post-season moments for the team. One of his most memorable performances, on the other hand, occurred during a game that didn’t signify anything. In 1971, Reggie was selected to represent the Oakland Athletics in the All-Star Game, which was held at Tigers Stadium in Detroit. In the bottom of the third inning, Jackson hammered an outside fastball that rang off of a transformer at the top of the stadium, resulting in the loss of the game.
Tiger Stadium was known for having a low roof, and while a few players had blasted balls entirely out of the ballpark there, Jackson’s 532-foot home run is still considered one of the farthest ever recorded in the major leagues.
5. Adam Dunn, 535 Feet, Out of the Park
The Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati isn’t a typical hitter’s park, at least not in terms of statistics, but Adam Dunn did an excellent job of taming it. Donkey, as he was affectionately called, batted 270 home runs with his previous club, none of which were further than the long, deep home drive that he hit in 2004 off of a high Jose Lima fastball. Given his proclivity for swinging freely, he might have easily struck out, but he took a chance and was rewarded handsomely for his efforts.
4. Mark McGwire, 538 Feet
Not only did Big Mac knock this ball into the second deck of the Kingdome, the old home of the Seattle Mariners, but he also hit it off the back wall, which was behind all of the fans. It was as close to a “no doubt about it” home run as it was possible to get. In addition to its incredible distance, the moon shot was hit off of Seattle Mariners pitcher Randy Johnson, who went on to win 20 games that season and come close to winning his second Cy Young Award. For one at-bat, the likely Hall of Famer was made to appear like a little leaguer, if only for a brief moment.
3. Jose Canseco, 540 Feet
Canseco blasted an inside pitch from Toronto’s Mike Flanagan into the top deck of the Sky Dome in the 1989 American League Championship Series. The fastball traveled around ten rows into the upper deck (now the Rogers Center). It is by far the biggest home run ever hit at the Rogers Center, and just a few of players have ever blasted a ball all the way up to the upper deck. Canseco and his teammate ‘Bash Brother’ Mark McGwire combined to launch a slew of monster home runs for the Oakland Athletics, none of which was more impressive than this bomb.
2. Mickey Mantle, 1953, 565 Feet
Mickey Mantle launched what was then the world’s longest tape measure shot seven years before he hit the all-time record for the farthest home run in a professional baseball game. That’s right, Mantle managed to outdo himself this time. During a game against the Senators in Washington, D.C. in April of 1953, a fastball from Senators’ right-hander Chuck Stobbs resulted in this unique home run. The distance between the home run and the pitcher’s mound was calculated by the New York Yankees’ travel coordinator at 565 feet.
1. Mickey Mantle, 1960, 643 Feet
The home run that Mantle hit in September 1960 at Tiger Stadium, according to historian Mark Gallagher, went a remarkable 643 feet in total distance. When you think about it, the ball really went directly over the roof of the ballpark’s right field, which is mind-boggling to consider. Our home drive off the bat of ‘The Mick’ traveled an estimated 140 feet further than the 15th-longest home run on this list, which only serves to highlight its significance even further.
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The Longest Home Runs Ever Recorded in MLB
The home run in baseball is one of the most exhilarating plays in sports, and there are few better than it. This has remained true throughout practically every era of baseball history, whether the home runs are being hit by the greats of the past or the rising stars of the present day and tomorrow.
Nomar Mazara of the Texas Rangers just blasted a home shot that measured 505 feet, making it one of the longest in baseball history. It begs the topic of what were the furthest home runs ever recorded in Major League Baseball prior to Mazara’s home shot.
10. (tie) Adam Dunn (2008) and Giancarlo Stanton (2016): 504 feet
The following attributes are allowed: ” src=” frameborder=”0″ allow=”accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; picture-in-picture; picture-in-picture;” allowfullscreen=””> At the plate, Adam Dunn was known for accomplishing one of three things: walking, striking out, or hitting a home run on almost every occasion he came to the plate. On September 27, 2008, while playing for the Arizona Diamondbacks, he achieved the greatest possible result by hitting a grand slam home run in the ninth inning.
Placing him in the thin air of Coors Field in Denver will almost certainly improve the possibility of a long Stanton home run.
9. Mo Vaughn (2002): 505 feet
The following attributes are allowed: ” src=” frameborder=”0″ allow=”accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; picture-in-picture; picture-in-picture;” allowfullscreen=””> Mo Vaughn’s heyday had passed him by by the time he retired in 2002. He had previously won the American League MVP award in 1995 when playing for the Boston Red Sox, and he was now playing for the New York Mets. He did have one shining moment during his tenure in a Mets jersey, however: an absolute moon shot on June 26, 2002, that flew off the Shea Stadium scoreboard and into the stands.
8. Jim Thome (1999): 511 feet
The following attributes are allowed: ” src=” frameborder=”0″ allow=”accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; picture-in-picture; picture-in-picture;” allowfullscreen=””> Jim Thome had a key role in the Philadelphia Phillies’ World Series victory in 2008, although he spent the most of his career with the Cleveland Indians, where he hit a lot of home runs. On July 3, 1999, he hit the longest tater of his career: a 511-footer. Thome would retire in 2012, having amassed a total of 612 points during his career.
7. Darryl Strawberry (1988): 525 feet
The following attributes are allowed: ” src=” frameborder=”0″ allow=”accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; picture-in-picture; picture-in-picture;” allowfullscreen=””> Darryl Strawberry’s career is one of those “what could have been?” moments in sports history. He was one of the best sluggers of the 1980s until injuries and personal troubles caused him to lose his mojo. The night before he departed New York, Strawberry blasted the longest home run of his Met career, a 525-foot blast into the lights at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium, which was shown live on the city’s television network.
6. Dave Kingman (1976): 530 feet
The following attributes are allowed: ” src=” frameborder=”0″ allow=”accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; picture-in-picture; picture-in-picture;” allowfullscreen=””> Dave Kingman was a successful home run hitter during his career, retiring in 1986 with a total of 442.
None of them would be as long as the one he hit on April 14, 1976, at Wrigley Field in Milwaukee. This one was not only knocked out of the field of play, but it was also hit out of the ballpark entirely.
5. (tie) Adam Dunn (2004) and Willie Stargell (1978): 535 feet
The following attributes are allowed: ” src=” frameborder=”0″ allow=”accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; picture-in-picture; picture-in-picture;” allowfullscreen=””> Dunn is making his second appearance on the list this year. On August 10, 2004, he hit a home run at Cincinnati’s Great American Ballpark, which was his first of the season. On May 20, 1978, a bomb was detonated at Willie Stargell’s. It was the longest home run ever hit at Montreal Stadium, according to the record books.
3. Reggie Jackson (1971): 539 feet
The following attributes are allowed: ” src=” frameborder=”0″ allow=”accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; picture-in-picture; picture-in-picture;” allowfullscreen=””> Reggie Jackson was dubbed Mr. October after hitting three home runs in a 1977 World Series game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, earning him the nickname. These deeds were accomplished before he donned the Yankees’ pinstripes. This colossal bomb fell on him as he was representing the Oakland Athletics in the 1971 All-Star Game in New York.
2. Mickey Mantle (1953): 565 feet
The following attributes are allowed: ” src=” frameborder=”0″ allow=”accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; picture-in-picture; picture-in-picture;” allowfullscreen=””> When the New York Yankees faced the Washington Senators at Griffith Stadium on April 17, 1953, Mickey Mantle blasted what may have been the most majestic home shot of his illustrious career. The home run came in a game against the Senators on April 17, 1953. This was a famous 565-foot home run that contributed to the legend of Mickey Mantle.
1. Babe Ruth (1921): 575 feet
The following attributes are allowed: ” src=” frameborder=”0″ allow=”accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; picture-in-picture; picture-in-picture;” allowfullscreen=””> Babe Ruth, who has loomed over baseball history as an almost mythological figure, continues to be regarded as one of the game’s greatest power hitters to this day. Keeping track of Ruth’s home runs was a far more difficult chore during his playing days, although he was rumored to have hit one that was 575 feet long.
Distance of Longest Batted Baseball
|Bibliographic Entry||Result (w/surrounding text)||Standardized Result|
|Cutnell, John D., and Kenneth W. Johnson.CutnellJohnson Physics. 4th ed. New York: Wiley, 1998.||“During a baseball game a fly ball is hit to center field and is caught 115 m from home plate.”||115 m|
|Jenkinson, William J. “Long Distance Home Runs.”The Home Run Encyclopedia. Hungry Minds, 1996.||“When Kingman launched his wind-aided blow in Chicago, The New York Times somehow concluded that it had flown 630 ft. It has been confirmed that the ball struck against the third house beyond Waveland Avenue, which is situated about 530 ft from home plate.”||162 m|
|Tucker, Eric. “Baseball Historian: A 1936 Ruth Homer is longest ever.”Daily News. 8 August 2003.||“Bill Jenkinson, a prominent baseball historian, has measured a homer that the Great Bambino clobbered after a 1962 exhibition game in Wilkes-Barre as having traveled at least 600 ft and says he believes it to be the longest home run ever hit.”||183 m|
|Folkard, Claire.Guinness World Records 2003. Bantam, 2003: 312.||“The longest measured home run in a Major League Game is 193 meters (634 ft) 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.”||193 m|
|Question and Answer. Historic Baseball.||“On April 17, 1953, Mickey Mantle is credited with what many consider to be the longest HR in baseball history. He is estimated to have hit a 656 foot home run at Washington’s Griffith Stadium off Senator’s pitcher Chuck Stobbs.”||172 m|
Baseball is considered to be the national pastime of the United States and has been around since the early 1800s. It started off as a leisure activity played by tiny clubs, but it swiftly developed into a professional sport. Throughout the history of baseball, there have been several occasions when great players ranging from Mickey Mantle to Cecil Fielder have smacked balls into the big blue yonder from the outfield. Newspapers published fantastic stories about the lengths that these balls went, posing a significant question as to whether they were true or not.
It is likely that many people believe records to be a misrepresentation when this is not the case.
Many believed that if it hadn’t been for the stoppage, his ball would have flown 190 meters (620 ft) or even further, and as a result, people began to assume that he had set a new world record.
There are several other examples of this type of behavior involving athletes like as Babe Ruth and Dave Kingman.
Although we may never be able to tell for certain how far a baseball has traveled, we may estimate a range based on many sources, which is around 150–200 m (500–650 ft). Erica Rosenthal was born in 2004.
|Bibliographic Entry||Result (w/surrounding text)||Standardized Result|
|Davids, Mark; Neff, Robert F.; Zitzewitz, Paul W.Physics Principles and Problems. United States. 1995: 152.||“A pitched ball is hit by a batter at a 45 °angle. It just clears the outfield fence, 98 m away. Find the velocity of the ball when it left the bat. Assume the fence is the same height as the pitch.”||98 m|
|Jenkinson, William J.The Home Run Encyclopedia. United States. 1996.||“Not surprisingly, all of the great true distance hitters have also been the source of the greatest exaggerations. Despite his extraordinary accomplishments, Babe Ruth is not immune. His tremendous blow to right-center field in Detroit on June 8, 1926, has often been reported as traveling over 600 feet. Certainly, this drive was propelled somewhere around 500 feet in the air, which makes it legitimately historic, but proof that it traveled 600 feet cannot be found.”||183 m|
|“When Mickey Mantle cleared the left-center-field bleachers at Clark Griffith Stadium in Washington on April 17, 1953, the entire baseball world was lead to believe the ball had traveled 565 feet from home plate to the point where it landed. In truth, the figure derived from the distance from home plate to the place where a neighborhood child retrieved the ball.”||172 m|
|Kuenster, Bob.Baseball’s Digest. United States. 2002.||“April 17: Mickey Mantle hits the longest measured home run when he hits a 565-foot blast off Chuck Stobbs of the Senators at Griffith Stadium in Washington.”||172 m|
|Early, Lewis.Mickey Mantle — Mini-Biography. United States. 1998-2002.||“No one in the history of the game has hit the ball farther than Mickey Mantle. His 565-foot home run hit at Griffith Stadium in Washington on April 17, 1953 is the home run that coined the term “tape measure home run.” It’s listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest home run ever measured.”||172 m|
|“Guinness also notes that Mickey’s 643-foot homer hit at Detroit’s Tiger Stadium on September 10, 1960 is the longest home run measured “mathematically after the fact.”||196 m|
|“But neither of those home runs is Mickey’s longest. In an exhibition game at the University of Southern California during his rookie spring training in 1951 Mickey walloped a 656-foot shot left-handed that left Bovard Field and crossed an adjacent football field.”||200 m|
Since the early 1800s, baseball has been considered to be the national pastime of the United States. Beginning as a leisure activity in tiny clubs, it rapidly developed into a professional one. The game of baseball has seen numerous instances where great players, from Mickey Mantle to Cecil Fielder, have smacked balls into the vast blue yonder. Here are a few examples. A huge question of reality or fiction arose when newspapers published beautiful accounts about the lengths these balls went. The distances claimed to be far greater than they were ever proved to be were mentioned in several stories.
- An article in one source indicated that during a 1963 game played at Yankee Stadium, Mickey Mantle hit a ball to right field that was believed to have been halted by an overhang over the bleachers after going around 110 meters (370 feet).
- Because the ball was already on its way down when it struck the overhang, it was technically never physically on the ground at 190 meters (620 ft), and hence cannot be deemed a world record.
- Regardless of any exaggerations, there have been many outstanding hitters throughout the history of baseball.
- The year is 2004 for Erica Rosenthal.
Babe Ruth and the Longest Home Runs of All Time
Mark McGwire is a baseball player. Sammy Sosa is a baseball player. Barry Bonds is a baseball player from the United States. Hank Aaron is a baseball player from the United States. When baseball fans hear these names, they immediately think of two words and one unique sound. People have always been fascinated by the physical accomplishment of launching a ball from a big stadium, which is why it has been so popular for so long. However, simply hitting something with force is never enough. When players hit the ball far, it truly draws the audience’s attention.
Here are the stories that surround the players, distances, and exaggerations of the longest home runs in baseball history, in no particular order.
Before making the jump to the major leagues, it’s important to talk about a slugger called Joey Meyer. Meyer only played in the majors for two seasons (1988 and 1989), but he had a long and productive minor league career. He hit 30 home runs in his debut minor league season in 1984, earning the Midwest League MVP award while playing for the (then) Beloit Brewers. At the site of his 582-foot home run, Meyer stands in awe at the moment. (Image courtesy of The Denver Post) His career as a member of the Triple-A Denver Zephyrs, however, is when his legend truly begins.
- As a result of this campaign, he was promoted to the main leagues.
- Meyer was the first player to accomplish it.
- While there have been stories of home runs being hit longer, Meyer’s was the first to be measured and confirmed by contemporary technology, making it the farthest ever recorded.
- Regardless, it would be inaccurate to describe the furthest home runs in Major League Baseball history without mentioning Meyer’s moon shot at the very least.
Afterwards, he would go on to play in Japan for a season in 1990, capping up his two-year big league career. After that, he was sent to Pittsburgh, where he spent his last season with the Bisons, the team against whom he created baseball history in the first place.
The longest (verified) major league home run
According to reports, the Great Bambino hit 714 home runs in his career. Among them is the home run that is largely acknowledged to be the farthest in the history of Major League Baseball. On the 18th of July, 1921, it took place at Navin Field in Detroit, Michigan. Babe Ruth hit a 575-foot home run off of Tigers pitcherBert Cole on this day in history. Due to the fact that this occurred before Navin Field was upgraded with an upper-deck (and renamed Tiger Stadium), the ball came to rest outside the park near the junction of Trumbull and Cherry streets.
Even more people could argue that this home run is only somewhat longer than Ruth’s top three longest blasts.
Many baseball historians, however, believe that Ruth’s 1921 home run is the closest thing to a foregone conclusion given the absence of credible proof for the other claims.
Unconfirmed distances and tall tales
According baseball legend, a slew of home runs have traveled further than Ruth’s shot in Detroit. Among those targeted were several who were personally attacked by the Sultan of Swat. Although the following home runs were hit over the fence, the distances between them were not confirmed for a variety of reasons. Ruth’s unverified longest home run is commemorated with a plaque in Tampa, Florida. (Image courtesy of Jimdo/Wonder of Wonders) In Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, in 1926, Ruth may have hit a 600-650-foot home run, according to certain estimates.
Tampa is also the scene of his longest home run, according to him.
This achievement has even been commemorated with a plaque in Tampa.
He is credited with three home runs against the Detroit Tigers, including a 630-footer in 1953, a 643-footer in 1960, and a 650-footer in 1953.
According to some stories, Mantle may have hit a 734-foot home run in Yankee Stadium on May 22, 1963, against Kansas City A’s pitcher Bill Fischer, which was the most unbelievable of them.
These figures represent only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to fantastic stories spun about baseball players who played 50 to 100 years ago.
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