The Longest Home Run at Griffith Stadium

April 17, 1953

In a 7-3 victory over the Washington Nationals, Yankees star Mickey Mantle hit the longest home run ever at Griffith Stadium. At the time, it was the longest recorded home run hit by anybody not named Babe Ruth.

The home run measured 565 feet. From Louis Effrat’s report in the New York Times:

This amazing 21-year-old athlete today walloped one over the fifty-five-foot high left-field wall at Griffith Stadium. The ball, scuffed in two spots, finally stopped in the back-yard of a house, 565 feet away from home plate.

The home run came with two outs in the fifth inning. The Yankees were leading in the game 2-1 at the time, and Chuck Stobbs was the Nats pitcher. There were two outs and the previous batter, Yogi Berra, had reached first base with a walk. The blast made the score 4-1 in favor of the Yankees.

10-year old Donald Dunaway (whose address was listed in the Times) recovered the ball. He was offered an “undisclosed sum of money” by the Yankees in exchange for the prize.


4 Responses to The Longest Home Run at Griffith Stadium

  1. Andrew says:

    That would have been awesome to witness in person. You had to know the ball was going to fly a mile just by the sound when it came off the bat.

  2. Thomas says:

    The Washington team in those days was known as the
    I believe Mantle hit one out of Tiger Stadium in
    Detroit, even further than this one. It was never
    officially recognized by MLB.

  3. Ron Portell says:

    Actually Mantle hit the one in Detroit off the right field roof don’t know how far it would have gone if it cleared the roof!! also if you know the old Griffith Stadium in DC I was there when Larry Doby of Cleveland Indians hit one to center field over the flag-pole might have been farther than Mantle’s!

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