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#49 Greatest HR in Yankee History

October 12, 2012
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Briggs Stadium (Hansons)

Mickey Mantle | Out of Briggs Stadium | vs. Detroit Tigers | 9/10/1960

The Yankees were in Detroit for the second of a two game series with the Tigers.  Leading 2-1 in the seventh, Hector Lopez lined a 2-out single to center field and Roger Maris followed with a walk.  Detroit’s Paul Foytack stared in at one of the most feared hitters in the game and quickly fell behind 2-0 in the count.  On the very next pitch The Mick crushed a fastball, sending it over the roof in right center field and completely out of Tiger Stadium.

After the majestic 3-run home run left the confines of the park it crossed Trumbell Avenue and was eventually stopped by a shed at the Brooks Lumber Yard across the street.  The titanic strike put the Yankees ahead 4-1 en route to a 5-1 victory and a sweep of the Tigers.  That victory, coupled with a Baltimore loss, put the Yankees ahead in the race for the pennant.  It was one of three home runs that Mantle knocked out of Tiger Stadium during his career.

The Guinness Book of Sports Records lists this as the longest home run to ever be measured after the fact.  Its distance, calculated by Dr. Paul Susman, was found because both the point of impact and the place where it landed were known, the latter because of eyewitness accounts at the lumber yard that placed the ball exactly where it landed.  With this information Dr. Susman was able to accurately find the distance the ball traveled in the air.  The distance?  643 feet.

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