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Regardless of your views on the game of baseball, huge fan or not, you cannot argue the fact that a long home run blasted into the seats is extremely entertaining to watch. After all, to quote Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux, “chicks dig the long-ball”. Therefore, we have compiled a list of the longest home runs in baseball history and included video of each one. If you enjoy seeing baseballs being launched into orbit, you’re in for a treat! If this article makes you want to get out and launch some dingers yourself, we have all the necessary baseball equipment you will need to do so!
Note: While there are a few other home runs that were reported to have been further than our #1 spot (i.e. Babe Ruth at 575 feet, and Mickey Mantle at 565 feet), they happened in a time where accurate measuring tools were not available, so we will only be listing the homers that were accurately measured and recorded.
Jose Canseco began his career in 1985 with the Oakland Athletics and became popular after a pair of seasons with more than 40 home runs. Canseco’s 540-foot blast came in the 1989 ALCS against the Toronto Blue Jays, where he launched a ball into the fifth deck of the formerly named Skydome, putting him at the number one spot on our list.
While a lot of controversy surrounds Mark McGwire due to steroid use, there is no doubt the man was a great hitter. You will see him again on this list, because after all, he hit absolute nukes. This particular homer was hit off of Hall of Fame pitcher, Randy Johnson; where McGwire took the Big Unit 538 feet into the upper deck. McGwire would go on to finish the 1996 season with 52 home runs, a career high for him at that point.
Even though Adam Dunn was never really a batter that would hit for average, you could always expect some massive home runs from him. This is evident as he makes our list of longest home runs in history not once, but twice. This moonshot was one of his 46 homers during the 2004 season and was launched an astounding 535 feet to the deepest part of Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati; making Dunn the one and only player to have ever launched a ball completely out of that stadium.
Reggie Jackson, who you may also know as “Mr. October”, comes in at number four on our list for his massive 532-foot blast during the 1971 All-Star Game that was hosted by the Detroit Tigers. While this home run is not the longest in MLB history, it IS however the longest home run in All-Star Game history. It was launched on top of the awning that covered the very high right field bleachers and would ultimately leave the stadium completely.
Dave Kingman, nicknamed “Kong” was one of those power hitters that would either strikeout or absolutely crush a ball into the seats. This specific homer came during a high scoring, 23-22 loss against the Phillies at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Kingman hit three home runs that day; this 530-foot blast was likely the longest of his career, and the longest homer hit at Wrigley Field. The ball was found on the roof of a porch three houses down Waveland Avenue, which is deep behind left-center field.
Galarraga hit a total of 399 home runs for 7 different teams over the course of his 20-year major league career. One of the more debated home runs to have ever been hit was that of Andres Galarraga in Florida against the Marlins. The grand slam blast was originally measured at a whopping 579 feet but was later reduced to 529 feet after further measurements. Although it has more recently been calculated by Hit Trax technologies that the ball could have only possibly traveled around 468 feet based on its 117.9 mph exit velocity, we will go ahead and leave it on the least due to the sheer excitement that surrounded the bomb.
Darryl Strawberry brought the term “moonshot” to life in 1988 when he absolutely destroyed his second homer of the game that hit the roof of Montreal Expos’ Olympic Stadium and landed back on the field. Because the ball did not actually land beyond the outfield fence, Strawberry stopped at second base before ultimately being told he was allowed to finish rounding the bases for a home run. It was later reported by physics professor Bob Moore that the ball would have carried 525-feet if it had not hit the roof.
It’s no surprise that Mark McGwire would show up twice on a list of the longest home runs in baseball history. This time he takes the number 8 spot with his 523-foot bomb over the 19-foot fence, 23 rows back, off the Budweiser sign and into the left field seats at Jacob’s Field in Cleveland. At that time, this homer gave him the longest home run record in SIX different ballparks.
Jim Thome racked up a total of 612 home runs over the course of his 22-season career. Thome was not just a threat with his power hitting capabilities, he finished his career hitting .276 and had potential to hit to many parts of the field. He holds the record for longest home run in Cleveland Indians history at 511 feet, which he hit against the Kansas City Royals in 1999. Like other home runs mentioned on this list, Thome’s blast bounced through the streets after leaving the stadium by flying over the center field fence.
The most recent long home run comes in at our number 10 spot with Nomar Mazara’s 505-foot blast to the very back row of the right field home run porch at Globe Life Park in Texas. Mazara is mainly known for his home run potential, but he can also hit the ball to pretty much any part of the field. Nomar has racked up 79 home runs thus far in his short four-year career, all with the Texas Rangers, and will look to continue doing damage with the Chicago White Sox in 2020 and beyond.
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