Distance of Longest Batted Baseball

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Cutnell, John D., and Kenneth W. Johnson. Cutnell & Johnson 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, the national pastime of the United States, started in the early 1800s. It began as small clubs playing recreationally and grew quickly into a professional sport.

Throughout the years of baseball there have been many times when great players ranging from Mickey Mantle to Cecil Fielder have slammed balls up into the great blue yonder. Newspapers printed magnificent stories about the distances these balls traveled, presenting a large problem of fact or fiction.

There were many accounts where distances were said to be much farther than they were ever confirmed to be. It is possible that many popularly believe records could be a misrepresentation. In one source it was stated that in a 1963 game at Yankee Stadium, Mickey Mantle bashed a ball to right field that was said by onlookers to have been interrupted by the overhang above the bleachers after traveling about 110 m (370 feet). Many thought that if it weren't for this interruption, his ball would have traveled 190 m (620 feet) or more and therefore people started to believe that was a record. The truth is that the ball was already on its decent before it hit into the overhang and technically never physically hit the ground at 190 m (620 feet), so this cannot be considered a record. There are many more instances like this one involving such players as Babe Ruth and Dave Kingman.

Regardless of possible exaggerations there have been many great hitters in the world of baseball. Although we may never be able to know for sure what the farthest hit baseball was, we can assume a range from different sources and that's from about 150–200 m (500–650 feet).

Erica Rosenthal -- 2004

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