Remember this from the Home Run Derby the other night? Stanton’s blast was probably the best homer of the night. The upper, upper deck. Real distance 422ft, projected 510. That’s a shot and a half.
But remember this. There is a red seat out in the right field bleachers at Fenway Park that is 502 feet from home plate. That’s where the ball eventually landed after coming off the bat of Ted Williams back on June 9th, 1946. Not the projected distance, the actual distance.
That got me thinking, if Stanton’s 422 moonshot was that impressive, how impressive was Williams’?
With a quick good search, I found my answer.
There’s some technical, mathematical analysis that derived the final answer, so I’ll just quote the source:
“The 502 foot figure is an accurate measurement of the horizontal distance to the “Red Seat”, but since the impact point was approximately 30 feet above field level, the ball would have covered more distance before landing at field level, had its flight not been interrupted. To reconstruct the trajectory, wind and temperature assumptions must be made, as well as a flight time to the Red Seat. Contemporary meteorological records list the afternoon high temperature as 76 degrees, and the wind at 19-24 mph from the west, so values of 76 degrees and 21 mph out to RF were selected. For time in flight, a variety of values were tested, with 5.8 seconds yielding a speed-off-bat of 119.4 mph and an angle of 30.3 degrees, which fits well with Williams’ recollection that he hit the ball at a nearly perfect trajectory. Using these values, the Red Seat homer is projected to have traveled an additional 28 feet after impact, taking the total distance to 530 feet.” –Hit Tracker Online
530 feet. Damn. That’s impressive. Remember, the guy was called the Splendid Splinter.