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"Glenallen Hill, Wrigley Field, May 11, 2000" |"Ted Williams, Fenway Park, June 9, 1946" |"Mickey Mantle, Yankee Stadium, May 22, 1963" |"Barry Bonds, Angels Stadium, Oct. 26, 2002" |"David Ortiz, Fenway Park, May 1, 2006" |Albert Pujols 10/17/2005 |"Richie Sexson, Bank One Ballpark, April 26, 2004" |"Ryan Howard, Citizens Bank Park, June 20, 2006" |"Reggie Jackson, 1971 All-Star Game, Tiger Stadium, July 13, |"Bo Jackson, 1st Career HR" |"Roberto Clemente, Forbes Field, May 31, 1964" |"Mark McGwire, Jacobs Field, April 30, 1997" |"Daryle Ward, PNC Park, July 6, 2002" |"Mark McGwire, Busch Stadium, May 16, 1998" |"Manny Ramirez, SkyDome, June 3, 2001" |"Andres Galarraga, Pro Player Stadium 1997" |"David Ortiz, 2004 All Star Game, Houston, TX" |"Juan Encarnacion, Yankee Stadium" |"Jose Canseco, Skydome"
 
"Ted Williams, Fenway Park, June 9, 1946"
On June 9, 1946, Ted Williams hit a Fred Hutchinson pitch further than anyone has ever seen one hit at Fenway Park. The ball flew off his bat to right field, and flew, and flew, finally landing on the straw hat of a startled fan in the 37th row of the right field bleachers, which was painted red some years later to commemorate the event. For some time, this home run has been quoted as having traveled 502 feet, but Hit Tracker analysis indicates that this measurement did not include the "extra" distance the ball would have flown if it hadn't struck the fan well above field level. Examination of satellite and ground-based digital photos suggests that the 502 foot figure is an accurate measurement of the horizontal distance to the "Red Seat", but since the impact point was approximately 30 feet above field level, the ball would have covered more distance before landing at field level, had its flight not been interrupted. To reconstruct the trajectory, wind and temperature assumptions must be made, as well as a flight time to the Red Seat. Contemporary meteorological records list the afternoon high temperature as 76 degrees, and the wind at 19-24 mph from the west, so values of 76 degrees and 21 mph out to RF were selected. For time in flight, a variety of values were tested, with 5.8 seconds yielding a speed-off-bat of 119.4 mph and an angle of 30.3 degrees, which fits well with Williams' recollection that he hit the ball at a nearly perfect trajectory. Using these values, the Red Seat homer is projected to have traveled an additional 28 feet after impact, taking the total distance to 530 feet. No wonder Williams' Red Seat homer has never been even closely approached, much less equalled, in the many years since that historic day...


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