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Old 12-06-2004, 08:08 PM
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Posted By: PASJD

This steroid talk reminds me of the two longest I have ever seen in person, both by Kingman. First was in Wrigley, late 70s, he hit one that still seemed to be rising as it cleared the park in dead center field, in the car on the way back to my gf's dorm they were saying it hit some building across the street and they estimated it at 500 feet or something like that. Second was in my hometown Fenway, he was playing for the A's at the tail end of his career, first Canseco hits a half-ass home run to right (steroid aided? hehe), the Kingman comes up and hits just a mammoth, towering blast to left that couldn't have taken no more than two seconds to clear everything, in the papers the next day one of the columns said it was last seen paying the toll on the Mass. Pike and heading west, it was quite remarkable. He may not have been much of a hitter from an overall standpoint, but wow.

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Old 12-06-2004, 08:53 PM
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Posted By: Marc S.

Was receiving a handwritten letter from Joe Brovia in response to a fan letter I sent him when I was twelve or so. Although he only played sixteen games or so in the Show, legend would have it that in the minor leagues he once smashed a home run 560 feet - often compared to the one Mantle hit in the same era.

More a random fluke thing than anything else - but I thought it was the neatest thing to receive an actual handwritten letter from a former MLBer...

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The longest one I ever saw was hit by Glenallen Hill at Wrigley. It actually landed on top of one of the rooftops at Wrigley! Many guys have hit the buildings on the fly, but to put one on top was utterly amazing...

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Posted By: Trae R.

That is pretty darned cool. I sent out a bunch of letters when I was younger, and the best reply was a paragraph or so from Jim Abbots wife, along with a signed card I mailed away with my letter. I was so excited I could barely contain myself... wait I was like 8 so I probably didn't contain myself.

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The biggest blast that I personally witnessed was at the Home Run derby in Baltimore the day before the All Star game a decade ago. Griffey's blast cleared the stands and hit the adjacent warehouse. I believe it was the 1st and only time that anyone has hit the building. Juiced ball, juiced players or not.

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Posted By: dennis

home run was the best,maybe not for distance but it was so high to land accross the street on the rooftop!tremendous. i also saw the kingmans blast posted earliar and that went down the street a longway. also,i remember clemente hitting a line drive out of wrigley just a little left of the scoreboard in center.that was something(circa 1966?)--sosa hit the board if i remember correctly a few years ago.

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I was working at Wrigley when Hill hit the homer into the rooftop bleachers. It wasn't dropping when it hit the roof; it was gliding downward on an angle. I can't imagine how far it might have gone if there had been nothing to block it.

The most incredible shots I've ever seen live were any number of Greg Luzinski's BP blasts at the Vet. I remember a guy in the upper deck who used to scream "stop, drop and roll" when the Bull came up for his cuts. They seemed almost mythical when he stepped in after Bowa.

The most prodigious blast I've ever seen on television has to have been Reggie Jackson's shot off the Tiger Stadium light tower in the 1971 All Star Game. Pure Roy Hobbs.

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Posted By: three25hits

The longest/hardest homer I ever saw was Albert Pujols in the 2000 Arizona Fall league. Those fields in Arizona are huge, with power allies at 400 feet in some cases. I don't remember the specific field, but beyond the power ally was a small hill. On top of the hill was a 50 foot tall scoreboard. Pujols' shot hit the top of the scoreboard (about 2 feet from clearing it). I have no idea the actual distance, but it was an amazing sight. The stands, bullpens, and players on the field immediately froze when he hit the ball. Many people shuttered at the sound of the ball hitting the scoreboard.

An interesting side note, the opposition's shortstop in that game was Alfonso Soriano.

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Posted By: Gary B.

is there some kind of official record of the longest hit ball(s) ever? If so, how far and by whom?

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My guess to the longest ever (unverified) would be either Luke Easter or Josh Gibson.

As for an officially recognized "longest home run," I have no idea...

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