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Thursday, July 12, 2012

The longest home run in New Haven history?

Who hit the longest home run in New Haven history? It’s a question that can’t be answered with any degree of accuracy. But there’s plenty of juicy urban legends.

Honus Wagner, just before being called up to the majors, allegedly hit the longest ball at old Hamilton Park in 1896. While the tape measure had been patented in New Haven 29 years earlier, no one had one handy that day.

Ted Kluszewski crushed an epic blast to right-center field at Quigley Stadium in 1950. The distance is unknown. Perhaps because it never landed. The next day’s Register said of the ball, “it’s still going.”

One of the few shots with a documented distance may indeed have them all beat. Anthony Sanders, playing with the New Haven Ravens, cleared the 25-foot center field wall at Yale Field in 2003, a ball later measured to have traveled 505 feet.

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