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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"
 
"Jose Canseco, Skydome"
On October 7, 1989, during Game 5 of the ALCS, Jose Canseco hit one of the most famous "tape-measure" homers in history, but how far did it really go? Estimates have varied from outlandish figures like 540 feet, to more modest figures like 480 feet, but all of these estimates dramatically exceed the true figure of 443 feet. The ball landed in the 5th deck of Skydome, at a point 397 feet from home plate and 78 feet above the field, after a flight of about 5.2 seconds. In the calm, 68 degree air of Skydome, these input parameters correspond with a projected true distance of 443 feet. So, why would all the other guesses (for that's what you have to call them) be so high? First of all, the Skydome had only been open a few months at the time of Canseco's blast, and so no one had had time to accurately gauge how common 5th deck homers would be (later results would suggest that is not so rare, averaging about once every two seasons). Next, Canseco had become known for long homers, so there is a natural human tendency to expect his homers to be long, and to estimate them accordingly. Finally, he did hit the ball very hard (an estimated 115 mph), albeit at a very high angle off the bat. If you still wish to discount these figures and hold out for a 500+ distance, let me refer you to an article by Ross Newhan in the Los Angeles Times, entitled "Upper Deck Home Run Doesn't Measure Up for Canseco". In it, Newhan quotes both Canseco and Mark McGwire. Here's the McGwire part: "Said McGwire of Canseco's home run: 'It was awesome for the SkyDome, but I really don't think Jose hit it that hard. It was more of a fly ball that just carried.'" Here's the Canseco part: "'I put a good follow-through on it, but I really didn't hit it that well. It was an inside fastball that I hit off my wrists more than the fat of the bat... I mean, it's 328 (feet) down the line and this was only a few feet fair and very high. The ball travels well here. It may have gone farther than 480 and it may have been shorter. I don't think it was as far as you think. It was very deceiving.'


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