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Mantle's Blast

Sixty years ago, Mickey Mantle hit a monster home run--565 ft--in Washington's Griffith Stadium.  If someone were to hit a home run of that distance in today's Nats Park, the ball would land where the yellow dots are in the outfield and scoreboard.  Wow!

I can only wonder what the Mick could have done over his career with two good knees and less alcohol consumption.  By the time I first saw him play in person (in 1964 at Dodger Stadium, where the Angels were playing) he was but a shadow of himself.  He played center, singled, and drove in a run off Bo Belinsky--remember him?

Some of the current players are monsters, but 565 feet?

Reader Comments (4)

You have read "The Last Boy" by Jane Leavy. Mantle was my hero growing up, and I'm enviouis of your seeing him play, but what a wasted opportunity. Of course, as you mentioned, the injuries were a major factor. A life-long Yankee fan, I love your posts on the team. And keep the theological posts coming as well.
April 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRaymond
I do remember Bo Belinsky! Think he played for the Astros when I was a Houston fan around age 11!
April 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrian Davilla

Good memory! Old Bo played for them in 1967. He was always connected to some Hollywood starlet and hating being traded from the LA area.
April 17, 2013 | Registered CommenterKim Riddlebarger
Did you see this, from "60 MInutes," on R.A. Dickey?
Really recommend you read his book, "Wherever I Wind Up." An excellent read!
April 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRichard

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