Baseball has always been a sport that has been played with elements of speed and power. Whether it's been the 50 plus base stealer or the 30/30 men of the past who could combine both speed and power to become dangerous offensive weapons. Perhaps, it's the pitcher who throws a blazing 95 mile per hour heater, that can still mix a nasty curve or breaking pitch to completely fool you. Baseball has always had its stars who brought both elements to the game at a high rate and this has been a major part of its allure since its early and earnest beginnings in the late 19th century.
However, as the game has grown and evolved, so have the players, the styles and the love of the game. Yes, baseball has also had its lesser moments. The ‘steroid era’ has made us question a lot of the purity of the game, as well as the credit that we should be giving the athletes who were proven to have cheated. It has brought many questions to light about cheating in sports and the idea of how far is too far and how much is just simply being competitive.
But it also brought us something that even some of baseball’s most pure fans cannot pretend they aren't entertained by: lots of fantastic home runs. So with that in mind, here are to date, in game, the longest home runs ever hit in MLB history. It seems only fitting to quote Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, two very smart and well-respected Cy Young award winning pitchers throughout the steroid era, when they put it best, “chicks dig the longball.”
15 Glenallen Hill - 500 Feet
Glenallen Hill was playing for the Cubs when he smashed a monstrous home run out of the park against the Milwaukee Brewers. It went so far as to land across the street, on the rooftops of the homes behind the left field fence. One of the longest home runs in Wrigley Field history came from a guy who had 11 that season at age 33, and who, throughout his career, was an average hitting outfielder. Talk about making every swing count.
14 Manny Ramirez - 501 Feet
In a home game for the Red Sox at Fenway Park, Ramirez got around on an offering from Blue Jay left-hander Chris Michalak and made sure he didn’t miss a single piece of it. He crushed it off of the light fixture high above the green monster in left field and atop of the Coca-Cola bottles that sit just below the lights. It was his second home run of the day and one of his 41 homers in his first year in Boston. Manny’s 12 total years of 30+ home runs were no fluke, even if he had a little bit of help.
13 Cecil Fielder - 502 Feet
While on the road with the Tigers, in a game against the Brewers, Fielder crushed a ball literally above and beyond the stadium. His sweet smash off of Brewers lefty Dan Plesac made its way out onto the concourse behind the left-field stands. It was just another moment of power displayed by the brooding first baseman with his 41st of 44 home runs that season for Detroit, in what would be the early part of a short, successful career.
12 Richie Sexson - 503 Feet
This blast from another massive first baseman was as sweet as his name. In a game for the D-backs back in 2004, Sexson delivered a bomb to straight away center field that could barely be followed by the cameraman. On its way down, in cranked off of the scoreboard located well above the playing surface on the second deck level of Chase Field. This blast from Sexson reminds us all why he’s not just one of the best names in sports, but that he was also a home run and RBI producer as well.
11 Adam Dunn - 504 Feet
In another Chase Field special, we have Adam Dunn seeking to hit 100 RBIs on the final days of the regular season. He came in one shy on September 27th and then took lefty Glendon Rusch for a ride, past centerfield. His eight in D 40th of the season was a solo shot that gave him the century mark on a blast to the deepest part of the park, beating Sexson’s blast from four years earlier by a foot.
10 Mo Vaughn - 505 Feet
Mo Vaughn was a solid middle of the order man throughout his career and even topped 40 homers a pair of times while with Boston. While his career was on the decline with the Mets in 2002, Mo still provided the faithful with a blast from the past at Shea in their June 26th matchup with Atlanta. His moonshot was an estimated 505 feet, one of his 26 on the season upon his return from missing the previous year due to injury. It would be the last big blast we would see from Mo, but boy was she a rocket.
9 Jim Thome - 511 Feet
When he came to the plate to hit this blast, he was already established as a power hitter, so no one was shocked when he cranked this ball out of the yard. On July 3rd, 1999, Jim Thome destroyed Kansas City Royals righty Don Wengert’s offering to the deepest part of center, and then some. The ball left the building, literally ending up on Eagle Avenue beyond the center field backdrop and bouncing through the streets. This was just one of Thome’s 612 career bombs, most of which were hit in his time in Cleveland, but none as far as this absolute thwacking.
8 Mark McGwire - 523 Feet
A man who will show up again on our list, not only did Mark McGwire break Roger Maris’ home run record, he was really smacking the ball out of the park. One of his biggest and farthest home runs came in an early season trip to Jacob’s Field on April 30th of 1997. McGwire drilled a pitch over the 19 foot fence and 23 rows of seating in left center field for one of the longest home runs in history. Surprisingly though, it would take exactly a month for another player that year to surpass his homer for longest homer. Talk about short lived glory.
7 Darryl Strawberry - 525 Feet
On April 4th, 1988, Darryl Strawberry opened the season for the Mets with this blast that on its way out to right field hit the top of the roof. The blast has been measured as a 525 foot home run from Strawberry, which ended being first the longest one of his 39 on the season. It was such a literal moonshot into the roof that it came down onto the field of play after smacking the top of the stadium like a bullet. This was one of the last years we got to see a healthy Strawberry on top of his game, but at least he went out with a bang.
6 Andres Galarraga - 529 Feet
Coming off the heels of McGwire’s blast, this one on May 31st, 1997 had all the makings of a tape-measure shot. Galarraga slugged one of his 41 on the campaign deep to left field into the unmanned upper deck at the then-named Pro Player Stadium. Not only did he hit himself a mammoth home run, it was a grand slam to boot. Galarraga only really had three extreme power years, with over 40 home runs in 1996-98, so at least he managed to sneak a blast for the ages in there.
5 Dave Kingman - 530 Feet
This right handed power hitter was nicknamed “Kong” and he was a powerful hitter known for his multitude of strikeouts and his long home runs, his finest of which measured at 530 feet. It came against the Phillies at Wrigley Field while Kingsman was with the Cubs back in 1979. It happened in the midst of a 23-22 loss to the Phils on May 17th, a game where he hit a pair of home runs. Kingman’s second was a monstrous blast that found its way three houses deep on Waveland Avenue, before taking off down the street.
4 Reggie Jackson - 532 Feet
During the 1971 All-Star Game from Detroit’s Tiger Stadium, “Mr. October” delivered a massive game changing three-run homer to right field that cleared the entirety of the stadium’s impressively high standing bleachers. The blast still stands over 40 years later as the longest homerun in MLB All-Star game history. Jackson went on to make a name for himself as a postseason darling and one of the most clutch players of all-time. This blast did nothing but help him earn worldwide recognition all the more sooner.
3 Adam Dunn - 535 Feet
This blast, the second on the list from Dunn, makes his first look like a chip shot and this time he may have used the driver. On August 10th of the 2004 season, Dunn connected on one of his 46 on the season and put himself in the top 3 for farthest dingers. He also became the only man, and still stands as so, to hit a ball clear out of The Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati. He hit the ball to the deepest part of the park in center-field, proving why he show up on our list twice.
2 Mark McGwire - 538 Feet
Like Dunn, McGwire hits our list for a second time with another blast from his days in Oakland. This one, however, came off Hall of Famer Randy Johnson. It happened on June 24th, 1996 when Big Mac took the big lefty way back to the upper level. No ever will (Kingdome is gone) repeat the feat, not that many seemingly had the ability to make such connections on that ball like McGwire could. This was just one of his 52 blasts on the campaign, a career high at that point for Mark.
1 Jose Canseco - 540 Feet
The original booming Athletic bat belonged to Jose Canseco. He started his career with the A’s and made himself known with a pair of 40 home run seasons. During the 1989 ALCS against the Toronto Blue Jays, after a shortened season held him to 65 games and just 17 homers, Canseco hit the longest home run of all-time. His massive fifth deck shot at the formerly named Skydome registers in at 540 feet, earning him sole possession of first place on our list of longest dingers.
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