We know what happened to the ball and bat MIckey Mantle used to hit one of the longest home runs in baseball history. We just don’t know if the legend of the 565-foot shot is real.
The legend took hold virtually overnight.
MIckey Mantle was such a hero that hitting a home run further than anyone thought possible seemed entirely plausible. His home run at Griffith Stadium in 1953 wasn’t really a ‘tape measure’ shot because a tape measure wasn’t used to figure out the true distance. But that was the story of the time. The home run was so legendary, Topps commemorated it on a baseball card in 1961.
A Yankees’ PR man said he had paid a 10-year-old boy $1 and sent him a pair of autographed balls in exchange for Mantle’s home run ball. The ball and Mantle’s bat wound up in the Hall of Fame.
Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan shows us the goods and poses the question of whether the homer travelled that incredible distance.