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#12 Greatest HR in Yankee History

October 24, 2012

The path of Mante’s blast (BaseballFever)

Mickey MantleHits the Facade | vs. Kansas City Athletics | 5/22/1963

This is it!

| Yogi Berra just after Mantle hit the ball |

On a warm afternoon in the Bronx, Mickey Mantle narrowly missed becoming the only man to ever hit a home run out of Yankee Stadium.  The Yanks desperately needed the shot after squandering a 7-0 lead by surrendering a 6-run 8th inning and a game-tying solo shot by Ed Charles in the 9th.

Mantle led off the bottom of the 11th and, on a 2-2 pitch from Bill Fischer, hit one of the most majestic blasts in Major League history, giving the Yankees an 8-7 victory and a generation of boys fodder for a their of dreams.  The ball struck the right field facade and, by all accounts, was still on an upward trajectory when its path was impeded by the iconic frieze.  The ball struck the facade with so much force that it careened off, landing back on the field of play.  The momentous hit has been the source of endless debates and legends since the day it was struck.  Mathematicians have estimated that had the ball not struck the facade it would have travelled 620 feet.

He ought to have a league of his own.  He’s too much for everyone else.

| Mantle’s teammate, Norm Siebern, the day after the home run |

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