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Stan Coveleski RHP 1925-1927

Joe Cronin SS 1928-1934

Ed Delahanty OF 1902-1903

Rick Ferrell C 1937-41, 44-45, 47

Lefty Gomez LHP 1943

Goose Goslin OF 1921-30, 33, 38

Clark Griffith MGR 1912-20 Pres. 20-55

Bucky Harris MGR 24-28, 35-42, 50-54

Walter Johnson RHP 1907-1927

Harmon Killebrew 3B 1954-1960

Heinie Manush OF 1930-1935

Sam Rice OF 1915-1933

Al Simmons OF 1937-1938

George Sisler 1B 1928

Tris Speaker OF 1927

Mickey Vernon 1B 1939-43, 46-48, 50-55

Early Wynn RHP 1939, 41-44, 46-48


The Longest Home Run at Griffith Stadium

From the Coffyville Whirlwind Blog

April 17, 1953

In a 7-3 victory over the Washington Nationals, Yankees star Mickey Mantle hit the longest home run ever at Griffith Stadium. At the time, it was the longest recorded home run hit by anybody not named Babe Ruth.

The home run measured 565 feet. From Louis Effrat’s report in the New York Times:

This amazing 21-year-old athlete today walloped one over the fifty-five-foot high left-field wall at Griffith Stadium. The ball, scuffed in two spots, finally stopped in the back-yard of a house, 565 feet away from home plate.

The home run came with two outs in the fifth inning. The Yankees were leading in the game 2-1 at the time, and Chuck Stobbs was the Nats pitcher. There were two outs and the previous batter, Yogi Berra, had reached first base with a walk. The blast made the score 4-1 in favor of the Yankees.

10-year old Donald Dunaway (whose address was listed in the Times) recovered the ball. He was offered an “undisclosed sum of money” by the Yankees in exchange for the prize.


 

 

 

 

 


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