On April 17, 1953, New York Yankees/baseball legend Mickey Mantle crushed one of the longest home runs in major-league history against the Washington Senators. Mantle took a Chuck Stobbs offering 565 feet, easily clearing the fence at Griffith Stadium before landing in a yard across the street.
Mantle's titanic homer invented the "tape-measure home run" -- legend has it that Yankees PR man Red Patterson took a tape measure and estimated the distance traveled -- and was listed in The Guinness Book of World Records.
Sixty years later, Griffith Stadium is no more and Nationals Park is the new home of baseball within the District. Still, it makes you wonder where Mantle's 565-footer would land in Southeast.
Fortunately, ESPN Stats & Info has pinpointed exactly where Mantle's home run would end up at Nationals Park.
(Photo credit: @ESPNStatsInfo)
The longest home run ever hit at Nationals Park as of now is 465 feet, hit by Michael Morse last season. Morse's blast landed near the top row of the Red Porch restaurant (which I have roughly highlighted with the orange box). As you can see, Mantle's would have literally hit the top of the Red Porch.
Either that, or smack whoever's picture is on the scoreboard directly in the face.
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