620 foot home run! Pa-leeze!
NEW YORK CITY
MAY 22, 1963
According to Mickey Mantle himself, he hit the longest home run of his career on this day in baseball
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
Runs scored: 1,677
The Image of Their Greatness, by Lawrence Ritter & Donald Honig, 1979
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