Sport: Historic Homer

The pitch came up to the plate waisthigh. The Yankees' young (21) Outfielder Mickey Mantle swung smoothly, put the full weight of his well-muscled (5 ft. 11 in., 175 Ibs.) body behind the blow. The smack of ball on bat echoed through

Washington's Griffith Stadium. Riding a tailwind, the ball sailed over the left-centerfield bleachers 460 ft. away, bounced off a 60-ft. sign, and came to rest in a backyard 565 ft. from home plate. "I unloaded on it," said Mickey Mantle. "I guess it was the longest ball I ever hit in my...

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