Wednesday marks the 60th anniversary of one of the most famous home runs in major-league history—one hit by Mickey Mantle off Chuck Stobbs at Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C. Yankees publicist Red Patterson claimed the home run went 565 feet.
Is a 565-foot home run feasible in today’s game? Let’s look at that from two angles.
...Let’s run through five ballparks just to show you how difficult a feat this would now be.
At Yankee Stadium, a 565-foot home run to straightaway center field would hit the lower quarter of the video board above the Batter’s Eye restaurant. If the ball were hit to left field, it would land at the extreme back of the third deck.
At Nationals Park, a 565-foot homer would hit two-thirds of the way up the video board mounted high above the right-center field stands. To left-center field, a 565-foot homer would land on the roof of the Red Loft Bar.
At Fenway Park, a 565-foot homer to left field would land on the eastbound lanes of the Massachusetts Turnpike. To right field, it would land near the top of the right field grandstand, well above the red seat commemorating the landing point of Ted Williams’ famous 1946 homer.
At Wrigley Field, a 565-foot homer to straightaway center field would pass just to the left of the scoreboard in center field, passing it about three-fourths of the way up, and land on the northwest corner of the intersection of Waveland and Sheffield avenues.
At PNC Park, a 565-foot homer to right-center would land well into the Allegheny River (50-100 feet into the water), well beyond where any ball has landed there in the past six years.
In other words, hitting one that far will be a near-impossible achievement even for today’s most prodigious power hitters.