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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"
 
"Reggie Jackson, 1971 All-Star Game, Tiger Stadium, July 13,
On July 13, 1971, Reggie Jackson blasted what almost certainly is the longest home run ever hit in an All-Star game, and one of the longest of all time. Jackson's home run came at Tiger Stadium in Detroit off the NL pitcher, Dock Ellis from the Pirates. Jackson hammered a slider on a line to right-center field, clearing the roof and slamming into an electrical transformer about 100 feet above field level, at a distance from home plate of about 380 feet. Timing the home run was impossible to do directly since the impact occurred out of frame, but with some physics, we have arrived at a reasonable estimate of 3.5 seconds. As for atmospherics, the temperature at the time was about 90 degrees, and the wind was recorded as varying from 17 to 31 mph out to right field, so a value of 24 mph was chosen. To approximate the shielding effect of the high stadium walls at Tiger Stadium, a "floor" of 70 feet was chosen, removing the wind effects below that height above field level. When combined together, we get a result that is quite impressive: a speed off the bat of 124 mph at an angle of 26 degrees. This hit, combined with the atmospherics, would have propelled the ball an incredible 539 feet if the ball had not impacted the transformer. Reggie Jackson's '71 All-Star Game homer will be remembered forever as one of the most awesome feats of power in baseball history!


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