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MAY 22 (1963) - Mantle*
By Bill Grimes
May 22, 2007 - 8:23 PM

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620 foot home run! Pa-leeze!


NEW YORK CITY , NEW YORK MAY 22, 1963 According to Mickey Mantle himself, he hit the longest home run of his career on this day in baseball history. This from a man who was quite modest about his accomplishments. Those who saw the mammoth blast are certain that it hit the façade of Yankee Stadium’s roof in right field. That would be about 115 feet above the ground, 370 feet, at ground level, from home plate. Those in Yankee Stadium believe the ball was still rising when it hit the facade.

 

So how far did the ball travel? Or how far would it have traveled had the façade of the roof not been in the way? Many record books say the ball traveled over 600 feet. That’s more than double the distance from home plate to the right field corner. Is there a little hyperbole here? Could Mickey have been given the benefit of the exaggeration because he was likable, handsome and hit a lot of tape measure home runs?

 

What cannot be denied are his statistics, beginning with making the majors at age 19. And as the numbers below indicate, while Mantle was a great RBI guy, he had more runs scored.

 

Mickey Mantle Career Stats

                                      Batting average: .298

                               On base percentage: .421

                                               Home runs: 536

                                                       RBI: 1,509

                                          Runs scored: 1,677

 

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The Image of Their Greatness, by Lawrence Ritter & Donald Honig, 1979

http://www.baseball-almanac.com/players/player.php?p=mantlmi01

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