1971 : Reggie Jackson Rocks The All Star Game in Detroit

July 13, 2024 all-day

I think this would have to be the longest one I’ve ever hit.”
-Reggie Jackson, 1971

On July 13,  1971, Reggie Jackson nearly turned out the lights at Tiger Stadium by blasting a homer off a Dock Ellis pitch during the Midsummer Classic and hitting a transformer way above the nosebleed section in the outer right field.

Ernie Harwell said it was the hardest hit ball he’d ever seen.

Al Kaline said, “It was the hardest hit ball I’ve ever seen in my life, here or anywhere else.”

Do you know why this could only have happened during that era?


Reggie Jackson Sideburn Power

The ball hit the light tower in right field, where presumably, it exploded into tiny bits like a meteor re-entering the atmosphere.

“I think it would have gone 600 feet… He crushed it,” said Frank Howard.

Tiger Stadium
Originally posted by Will “Sideburn Power” Jackson, “Today in Michigan History: Reggie Jackson hits the light tower in Detroit”, The Mitten State Blog, July 13, 2018.

Official Program Cover for the 1971 All Star Geme in Detroit courtesy of the Detroit Historical Society