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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Ask 14: Jim Rice: My Longest Home Runs

Darn! Darn! Darn! Darn! (stamps feet like the 5th Earl of Shroudshire)...Small tracer alert.

Do you recall a bomb you hit at old Comiskey Park in the mid seventies? I believe you hit it over the center field wall which was 440?, (OK I looked it up). Is this the longest homerun of your career? If not, I’d be curious as to which one was.

I don’t remember that homerun.  Comiskey was a very small ball park.  It was shorter than Fenway to centerfield, short to leftfield, and shorter than that in right.  I had two long homeruns in my career that stand out in my mind:

I hit one into the 3rd or 4th deck (however many they have, it was the top one) in Yankee stadium off Matt Keough.  I think Keough hit me with a pitch twice in that game, but third time I got him.

The other homerun, which is probably the biggest shot of my career, was off of Kansas City pitcher Steve Busby in 1975.  Mr. Yawkey said it was probably the longest homerun he had ever seen.

Repoz Posted: August 21, 2008 at 09:16 PM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Best Dressed Chicken in Town Posted: August 21, 2008 at 09:30 PM (#2912051)
He hit one in Yankee Stadium in about '84 which I swore went over the white facade in LF.
   2. Fancy Crazy Town Banana Pants Handle Posted: August 21, 2008 at 09:30 PM (#2912053)
I think Keough hit me with a pitch twice in that game, but third time I got him.

Sigh, I don't know why we don't just assume everything a player *remembers* is false, it would save a lot of time.

1 HBP for rice in that game, but fwiw he did hit 2 HR's off him...
   3. Boots Day Posted: August 21, 2008 at 09:34 PM (#2912057)
Comiskey was a very small ball park. It was shorter than Fenway to centerfield, short to leftfield, and shorter than that in right.

What the Ford Frick is he talking about? Comiskey was 440 feet to centerfield from 1976 to 1980, the shank of Rice's career. It's 420 to center in Fenway. Comiskey was also, historically, a terrible place to hit homers.

There was a black hitters' background area in center, and to hit one in there was about 500 feet. I remember Tony Armas put one out there, but I don't know about Rice.
   4. Kyle S at work Posted: August 21, 2008 at 09:53 PM (#2912081)
   5. Posada Posse Posted: August 21, 2008 at 09:53 PM (#2912082)
I think Keough hit me with a pitch twice in that game, but third time I got him.


Sigh, I don't know why we don't just assume everything a player *remembers* is false, it would save a lot of time.

1 HBP for rice in that game, but fwiw he did hit 2 HR's off him...


Yup, looks like this game on July 2, 1983; it was in the same series that Dave Righetti pitched his no-hitter on July 4.

The other homerun, which is probably the biggest shot of my career, was off of Kansas City pitcher Steve Busby in 1975. Mr. Yawkey said it was probably the longest homerun he had ever seen.


July 18, 1975

Edit: I owe Kyle a Coke.
   6. Harmon "Thread Killer" Microbrew Posted: August 21, 2008 at 10:08 PM (#2912095)
There was a black hitters' background area in center,


Wow...30 years after Jackie Robinson and MLB was still allowing that crap? Just wow.
   7. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: August 21, 2008 at 10:12 PM (#2912100)
I don't know about "false", but I do tend to assume that when anyone relates an anecdote that's more than twenty years old, they might get some details wrong.


And to be fair to Rice, he didn't say it unequivocally, but prefaced with an "I think."
   8. Fancy Crazy Town Banana Pants Handle Posted: August 21, 2008 at 10:30 PM (#2912121)
I don't know about "false", but I do tend to assume that when anyone relates an anecdote that's more than twenty years old, they might get some details wrong.

To be fair, this is one of the "more correct" rememberings that I've seen from retired players recently. Sometimes the stuff just plain never happened, and my original post was probably born out of the accumulated frustation these have caused.

But I would sstill contest that in a story that goes in full: I got hit twice, but then I finally managed to get my own back and hit a bomb. - the HBP'S aren't a mere detail.* They're half the story.

*Try and parse that!
   9. UCCF Posted: August 22, 2008 at 04:48 AM (#2912434)
And it's certainly possible that Keough brushed him back in one of the other ABs, and Rice remembers is at being hit rather than just being knocked down.
   10. Foster Posted: August 22, 2008 at 07:01 AM (#2912466)
Even as a Red Sox fan, I don't see Rice as a Hall of Famer, so I haven't had much to say at the bashing here, but jeez...can't we give a guy credit for even doing stuff like this? I feel the same way about the Schilling haters. I can see ripping guys for saying stupid stuff, but this is pretty tame.
   11. Slinger Francisco Barrios (Dr. Memory) Posted: August 22, 2008 at 12:19 PM (#2912501)
I don't blame him for not remembering particular days, but geez, how many games did he play in Comiskey? You can count on your fingers how many guys put one in the CF bleachers. If he put one there, or even just over the wall, it was a bomb.
   12. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: August 22, 2008 at 01:27 PM (#2912538)
I hit a 610 foot HR on the Wii last night. Top that, Jimbo!

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