180ft Homer + Ancient Fertility Symbol = Angry PagansThere's a headline I never thought I'd type. Perhaps they can do some "get a sense of humor" magic. (Ever so slightly "Not Work Safe," due to Fertility Symbol)
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|Jeremy - Broadcast in stunning 1080i|
It's really crisp in Google Maps.
(The symbol that is, Homer isn't there.)
|Carlos44ec - What the F@#$ am I being arrested fo?|
I can understand how someone would be upset, but that's fine...
|Wendy - 163 Posts|
|Don't even try to tell me that this Homer doesn't inspire procreation & fertility, especially with those undies and the aphrodisiac he's got in his left hand.|
|Alex - 3618 Posts|
|When I saw this in the "Current Threads" I start[ed] wondering what park they were playing in to be able to hit a 180 foot homer.|
|Alex messed with this at 07/16/2007 8:48:45 pm|
|Carlos44ec - Tag This|
|talk about playing it shallow!|
|Matt - Ombudsman|
Alex Wrote - 07/16/2007 @ 08:48:35 PM
When I saw this in the "Current Threads" I start[ed] wondering what park they were playing in to be able to hit a 180 foot homer.
This made me wonder what the shortest distance was that you could hit a home run (over a fence, and limited to the Major Leagues). So after some quick looking it seems that, of the stadiums currently in use, the shortest distance is 302 ft. down the right field line to Pesky's Pole in Fenway Park.
If you go back to ballparks that are no longer used, then it would be either L.A. Memorial Coliseum, or the Polo Grounds.
The Coliseum was used by the Dodgers for a few years and was only 250 ft. down the left field line during the first year they used it and then about 252 ft. after that.
The Polo Grounds was about 279 ft. to left and about 258 ft. to right field, but the second deck apparently overhang left field so much that it was effectively about 250 ft. for a fly ball.
The Polo Grounds were demolished 43 years ago, so you obviously can't play a game there, but the Coliseum is still standing, although I'm not sure when the last time was that baseball was even played there.
|Matt perfected this 3 times, last at 07/17/2007 10:38:21 am|
|Jeremy - 8953 Posts|
|Yet another reason why comparing records in baseball is somewhat comparing apples to oranges.|
|Matt - Washington Bureau Chief|
|Yeah, of course the Polo Grounds was about 500 ft. to center, so it kind of evened out.|
|Matt edited this at 07/17/2007 10:48:34 am|
|Jeremy - As Seen On The Internet|
|Though I wonder what the least amount of distance from home plate ever traveled is on an inside-the-park homerun.|
|Jeremy screwed with this 2 times, last at 07/17/2007 2:00:24 pm|
|Matt - 3355 Posts|
This guy says it's 2 ft, when in 1900 Andy Oyler of the Minneapolis Millers (a minor league team) hit a ball into a mud puddle just in front of home plate (he does note, however, that historians disagree to the truth of this account).
This site adds that when he hit it, he was the only one to see where it went, and as all the fielders were searching, he ran the bases and scored.
If your looking for dubious, minor league, home runs, then there is your answer. If you only want confirmed, Major League, home runs, then you're on your own.
|Matt screwed with this 5 times, last at 07/17/2007 2:37:09 pm|
|PackOne - Check yourself before you wriggity wreck yourself.|
|That is all could find.|