The Home Run Derby is coming up, and it’s one of the biggest events of the year for baseball fans. All year long we’re quite eager to see the big home run, so when we have an entire night dedicated to seeing baseballs fly into the crowd…it’s like Christmas in July. More people expect to see home runs fly during the regular season, but due to Major League Baseball cracking down on drug use involving steroids and human growth hormone(HGH), we’ve seen a drop.
Long gone are the days of Mark McGuire and Sammy Sosa fighting in the home run race with sixty home runs a piece. However, due to the sport being mostly clean we still see some amazing hits. Due to knowing things are fair, it makes us love to see home run shots even more. While the best part of a game may very well be the home run, we also don’t care for cheaters in the sport either as it takes away from what the clean guys did back in the day.
Despite this, home runs were so huge that an entire night was created to honor them. At Top 5, we felt like it would be a great time to bring up some amazing home runs of the past. We found the five best home runs ever, which were the furthest recorded in the history of the game. Trust us when we say these guys literally crushed the ball so much that the ball manufacturer’s mother called into the local police for brutality and Mortal Kombat creators yelled “fatality” at the top of their lungs. Enjoy our list of the top 5 furthest home runs in history.
Adam Dunn-535 feet
In 2004, there were few better hitters than Adam Dunn. Everyone knew, if ever got the chance to hit a good pitch he would take it out big time. No one was expecting what would happen one fateful day in Cincinnati’s Great American Ballpark however. Known as The Big Donkey, Dunn had been known for hitting some big shots in the past. However, it was unknown that he would go this far.
Dunn was known for hitting most anything that came his way. This often resulted in teams having a strategy to throw balls just to make sure they could get an easy out. He would pick up on it and stop swinging as often. The funny thing is that people still threw strikes to the guy knowing what he could do.
When you hit over 200 home runs in your career, everyone knows to never throw a ball that can be taken out of the park. No one told Jose Lima this. Hitting a fastball thrown by pitcher, Dunn knocked the hell out of the ball bringing the distance to 534 feet. This is still considered to be fifth all-time.
Mark McGwire-538 feet
As mentioned previously, Mark McGwire was a known steroid user. This had been known for some time, but no one really thought it through when he was hitting big home run shots helping his team win regardless of where he was. Whether he was in Oakland or St. Louis, he proved a power hitter was essential to any team as they can help you win. Mark knew how to hit and how to do in a smart way. He might go for the power hit, but he did more than this as well. However, he was known for his home runs.
McGwire would deliver for the Oakland Athletics in a big way when taking on the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was having to face off with one of the greatest pitchers ever in Randy Johnson, who would win 20 games the very season Mark would destroy a pitch of his. Randy was known for his fastball, but it did not always work and McGwire is the best example.
He crushed the ball, sending it out of the park at 538 feet. It may very well be the one of the biggest pitches Johnson regrets throwing in his Hall of Fame career. McGwire proved here that he would be a threat at the plate for years to come.
Jose Canseco-540 Feet
Jose Canseco was known for his use of steroids, just like former teammate Mark McGwire that we spoke about earlier. Both played on the Oakland Athletics together years back, and Jose put a lot of pressure on his young teammate back then when he was able to destroy a ball in 1989. As part of the American League Championship series, Jose went up against Toronto Blue Jay pitcher Mike Flanagan.
Jose would crush the ball that would end up going a huge 540 feet, a distance not seen in years by that time. Most people were hitting, at max, in the 400’s at this time period. You might get a few a little over, but not many. That meant seeing anything as high as this was going to be difficult, but Jose did it. The home run still sits as the longest in Sky Dome history. Now known as the Rogers Centre, the record still holds up.
It was pretty big for the A’s to get a run like this, as they would end up winning the series 4-1 on the back of Jose among others.
Mickey Mantle-565 feet
Mickey Mantle is considered by many to be one of the greatest to ever play the game of baseball. Somehow he got into the 1974 Baseball Hall of Fame on a mere 88% of voter ballots. What were the other 12% even thinking? Eventually becoming a 7 time World Series Champion, he was one of the major reasons why the New York Yankees created a dynasty for years to come. His ability to hit was second to none in his time period. He ended up with a career batting average of nearly .300 with 536 home runs in his career.
He was known for his massive home runs, and one of his biggest happened a bit early in his career in the spring of 1953 when he made Chuck Stobbs of the Washington Senators regret coming to work. He would end up hitting a bomb off of Stobbs’ pitch that no one could truly know the distance of at the time. Due to the fact that accuracy is important in baseball, at least back then, New York’s travel coordinator would end up estimating that the distance was about 565 feet.
Due to his obsession with being right, the man actually took a tape measure and literally measured the distance. This would end up coining the term “tape-measure shot” as it clearly took one to measure things with accuracy. The estimate held up, and at the time it was the biggest home run shot ever. Funny thing is that Mantle decided he didn’t want to leave it there.
Mickey Mantle-643 feet
By 1960, Mantle had already established himself as one of the greatest players alive. The Yankees were already a major franchise, which meant all eyes were on the man with the number seven on his back. In September of 1960, Mantle had everyone’s attention when he absolutely smashed a home run out of Tiger Stadium. It was said that the ball went 643 feet, with Mantle saying after that it was the hardest he ever hit a ball. I guess we shouldn’t make the man angry.
What makes this hit more impressive is that it went over the major right field roof of the ballpark. For those unaware, this park had a roof that felt like a mile up. Although not, it was something similar to the Green Monster but not as elaborate. It was then estimated that had it not been stopped by anything being in the way it very well could have sailed further.
Some believe that the ball could have easily gotten into the 800 feet scale, which makes you truly appreciate how amazing Mantle’s hitting ability was. Dead into the prime of his career at this time, Mickey would go down in history as one of the best of all time. While everyone talks about home run hits today being huge, especially after the drugs epidemic….it is good for us to appreciate what Mantle was able to do here.