Monday, July 26, 2021

100th Anniversary of the Longest Home Run Ever Hit in a Major League Game

CONTACT: Bill Jenkinson: 267-250-2568 -
100th Anniversary of the Longest Home Run 
Ever Hit in a Major League Game
Hit By Babe Ruth on July 18, 1921
Against the Detroit Tigers
At Navin Field in Detroit
Adapted from
"Fact Transcends Myth: Babe Ruth in 1921"

Throughout 1921, Babe Ruth slammed jaw-droppingly long home runs, shattering record after record around the league and country. As documented in "The Year Babe Ruth Hit It 104 Home Runs", it remains the greatest individual slugging season of all time. No one has ever hit baseballs with as much power and dominance as Babe Ruth did in 1921. Among his many historically long slams in 1921 was the longest home run Babe Ruth ever hit, against Ty Cobb's Detroit Tigers. It remains unmatched to this day, one-hundred years later.
"At Detroit’s Navin Field on July 18, 1921, Babe Ruth did something that no one had ever done before, or since, and possibly never will again. Facing left-hander Bert Cole in the 8th inning, Ruth powered a baseball which carried a confirmed minimum distance of over 550 feet. To be sure, the conditions were perfect, but that linear flight measurement is hard to fathom."

"Ruth had walked in all four prior at-bats, so he must have been pumping adrenaline like a wild man when he faced Cole in the eighth. Even more importantly, a strong wind was blowing from the southwest at about 21 MPH straight toward the center field corner. That’s where Babe directed his thunderous blast. As the ball soared on and on, according to multiple first-hand newspaper accounts, the fans gasped in utter astonishment. How could they not? Ultimately, the horsehide sphere flew high over the junction of the right and left field walls which perpendicularly met at the remote corner of Trumbull Avenue and Cherry Street. Incredulous club officials produced stadium blueprints proving that the subject exit point was situated 560 feet from home plate."

"Not surprisingly, there was a nearly hysterical reaction to the event, and Navin Field soon became a kind of sacred pilgrimage destination. For months afterward, folks showed up to see for themselves. That included future Hall of Fame slugger Sam Thompson who had been one of the 19th Century’s mightiest batsmen himself. Sam had actually seen the drive in person, but had been so overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude that he kept coming back with invited friends."
"Estimates and alleged measurements abounded, ranging from 575 feet to a ridiculous 666 feet. Respected Detroit Free Press writer Harry Bullion eventually produced an affidavit swearing that the exact flight distance had been 585 feet. Let’s be conservative, and acknowledge that Babe’s historic masterpiece flew about 575 feet. As of 2021, it remains the best credentialed entry for the claim of the longest drive in the history of official Major League games.

For more information call Bill Jenkinson at 267-250-2568

Sunday, March 7, 2021

42 Today - Jackie Robinson and His Legacy by Michael G. Long - NEW BOOK! GREAT READ!


As We Approach Baseball Season,
A Great New Baseball Book is Out!

42 Today - Jackie Robinson and His Legacy
by Michael G. Long

This is a great chronicle of and collection of stories about
one of the most impactable players to ever play the game.
"42 Today" is a book of essays by Long and 13 other writers
who each write about the impact Robinson had on
baseball, politics, civil rights, business, activism, and
so much more.  This is much more than a baseball book!

All of the contributors added their own perspective of Robinson and his impact on baseball and life.  For me, the essay from Peter Dreier stood out the most.  I enjoyed his insight on Robinson's contributions and insight on politics and business.  I was fascinated to learn more about Robinson's support for candidates based on those who made real change, not just political party.  I did not know he went back and forth on support for Nixon and Kennedy and even had to end his support of Nixon just 3 weeks prior to the election.  His statements on leaving the GOP were staunch, and was followed by his support of Humphrey over Nixon in 1968.   And his refusal to participate in the 1969 Old Timer's Game really hit home as he knew baseball still had a long way to go to break the color barrier. The confrontation between Bob Feller and Jackie summed it all up.

This is a highly recommended read for any baseball fan,
but also anyone who wants to learn more about REAL change and how Jackie went about it.

Grab your copy today at Amazon and other great retailers!

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Babe Ruth's 126th Birthday Celebration! February 6, 2021!

Greetings, All Fans of Babe Ruth!

This Saturday, February 6, is Babe Ruth's 126th Birthday, in celebration of which a toast will be held, in tribute to both his birthday, and to his immortal season of 1921 - the greatest individual slugging season of all time.

The toast is scheduled for 19:21aka 7:21 pm, 
at whatever location works best for each individual fan, whether it be at home, or out and about with friends and fellow fans.  The toast can be made with any drink desired - a Big League drink, or one of Babe's favorite soft drinks, or whatever else you may wish!

As a gift to Babe and his fans for both his Birthday and this Centennial Celebration of his immortal season of 1921, baseball historians from around the country have created the new website linked below, devoted exclusively to Babe's 1921 season:


"By the Numbers" (Sabermetrics analyses)