What are the classics MLB Tape Measure Home Run’s? Well… On April 17, 1953, a 5’ 11 1/2 “one hundred eighty five pound, twenty one year old, New York Yankee strode to the plate in Griffith Stadium, the home of the Washington Senators. In the dugout before the game commenced, several Yankee players argued whether their young teammate, Mickey Mantle, had the power to hit the scoreboard that stood in the back of the left field bleachers, a distance of 460’ from its base to home plate.
The switch hitting powerful phenom hitting right handed against southpaw Chuck Stobbs, gave his curious amigos their answer in his second at bat. Mcikey did not hit the scoreboard; he drove the ball clear over the scoreboard. Newspaper publications the next day had this Tape Measure Home Run travelling a distance of 565’……..to this day the longest recorded home run in major league baseball history. Since that prodigious clout, “The Mick” connected on numerous blasts that boggled the minds of his teammates, competitors, managers, sportswriters and fans.
Now sixty four years later, a twenty three year old, Aaron Judge, with physical dimensions which dwarf that of Mantle, 6’7” and 280 lbs., has heightened the discussion of the “Tape Measure” Home Run.
On May 3, 2017, Judge connected for his lead leading 13th home run, a bountiful blast into the Yankee Stadium center field bleachers. The length of the round trippers of Judge, a humble and team first athlete likened by his Manager, Joe Girardi, to Yankee icon Derek Jeter, have often been classified in the tape measure category. Yankee teammates, coaching staff, sportswriters and fans are of the belief that the 500’ home run will be common place in the career of the strapping right handed hitter.
In the words of Yankee radio broadcaster, John Sterling, after announcing another four bagger off the bat of the young Yankee right fielder; “Please rise, Here Comes the Judge!”