On Tuesday night, Miami Marlins right-fielder Giancarlo Stanton launched a first-inning rocket off of Los Angeles Dodgers starter Mike Bolsinger that traveled an estimated 475 feet as it soared out of Dodger Stadium.
A power outage followed Stanton’s first-inning power shot. The Marlins never crossed the plate again in the game. The Dodgers did eleven times, but none so memorably as the visiting player’s means of doing so.
Only three other players have ever hit home runs out of the stadium: Willie Stargell of the Pittsburgh Pirates, who did it twice, once on August 5, 1969, with a 506-foot blast off of Alan Foster, and again on May 8, 1973, with a 470-foot clout off of Andy Messersmith; Mike Piazza of the Dodgers, on September 21, 1997 off of Frank Castillo, and Mark McGuire, with a 483-foot shot off of Brian Bohanon on May 22, 1999.
Stanton, 6’6”, 242, signed a 13-year, $328 million deal, the largest in the history of North American professional sports, last November with the Marlins. He will receive only $30 million over the first three years, purportedly because he wanted the Marlins to have more money available to field a winning team sooner rather than later. The following three seasons he will receive $77 million; he has the choice to opt out after the 2020 season. His complete no-trade contract was the first offered by Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria.
According to ESPN, Stanton’s shot was the third longest this season; they measured it at 467 feet, while Alex Rodriguez slugged a 477-foot blast April 17 off of Tampa Bay’s Nate Karn and Josh Donaldson of Toronto clubbed a 469-foot home run on April 23. MLB Statcast gauged Stanton’s home run at 475 feet.
MLB lists the longest home run ever as Mickey Mantle’s 565-foot blast at Griffith Stadium on April 17, 1953, although some say the measurement was taken after the ball stopped rolling. Frank Howard allegedly hit a home run that far at Forbes Field in 1960. Babe Ruth is also credited with a prodigious 600-foot blast on July 8, 1926. For a terrific explanation of the longest home runs ever hit, see here.