On June 8, 1926, Babe Ruth reputedly hit the longest home run in major league history at Detroit’s Navin Field, sending a Lil Stoner pitch over the centerfield grandstands onto Cherry Street. The blast was officially measured at 626 feet in the air, after which it reportedly rolled a couple of blocks where a child on a bicycle caught up with it an estimated 850 feet from home plate.
In all, Babe hit 60 of his 714 career home runs at Navin Field, including his 700th career homer. At the time, that particular milestone seemed out of reach of mere mortals. The runner-up on the all-time list, teammate Lou Gehrig, was 377 home runs behind!
For this and other anecdotes about Babe Ruth and Detroit, see:
Richard Bak, “100 years ago Babe Ruth played his first game in Detroit”, Detroit Athletic Co, May 31, 2015.
Detroit Historical Society.
Another Babe Ruth Connection…
Since 1988, Tom Derry has been celebrating Babe Ruth’s birthday ever year in Detroit.
The menu remains the same.
On Saturday, February 2, 2019 we will gather to celebrate what would have been the 124th birthday of the greatest ballplayer to ever don a baseball uniform. The party has been getting bigger every year. We’ll see you again in 2019 at Nemo’s: Nemo’s 1384 Michigan Avenue Detroit, MI Voted the 3rd best sports bar in the US by Sports Illustrated, Nemo’s is located across the street from the hallowed ground that used to be Tiger Stadium.