How much you wanna make a bet I can hit a baseball over them bleachers? #EverybodyIn @budweiserusa
I'm pretty sure that is one of the longest home runs hit at Wrigley Field in recent years.
It's on Waveland Avenue
Historically most of the home runs that land out on the street in left or right field are closer to the foul lines where the distance is shorter. This one was in right center. To clear the stadium at that part of the field takes a mammoth blast.
By the bye, when I was growing up Ernie Banks was pounding the pill out of the park.
And it still only counts as one run.
The longest homer at Wrigley Field? Roberto Clemente hit one to the left of the scoreboard, Bill Nicholson just off to the right, while Sauer and Randy Jackson both hit buildings across the street on Waveland Avenue. But our vote goes to Dave Kingman when he was a member of the New York Mets on April 14,1976.
It was the second game of the season and the Mets were leading the Cubs 3-2 with one on and two out in the top of the sixth inning. Cub manager Jim Marshall strolled to the mound to discuss strategy with reliever Tom Dettore. There was a 20-miles-per-hour jet stream blowing from the plate to left-center and first base was unoccupied with Kingman at bat.
Dettore insisted on pitching to Kingman. Marshall gave his OK, patted the hurler on the rump and departed for the dugout. Dettore worked the count to a ball and a strike. The next pitch was a fast ball. It exploded off Kingman's bat and soared high into the wind. There was no question about it leaving the ballpark.
The usual gang of kids was waiting outside with gloves poised. But the ball sailed over their heads. They turned and started running north on Kenmore Avenue. The ball struck the porch of the third house from the Waveland Avenue corner and was caught on the rebound by Richard Keiber.
How far did the ball travel? Some say 600 feet. The Cubs went on to win 6-5, but Kingman's king-sized blow took center stage. Many agreed it was the longest homer ever hit at Wrigley Field.