Tape-Measure Blast – A nickname given to young Mickey Mantle for his legendary home runs he hit in the New York Yankee stadium and all over baseball back in the 1950′s and early 1960′s.
Mantle hit what they thought would be his longest in 1953 in Washington at 565 feet going out of the ball park but on May 22, 1963 Mickey hit a ball the furthest he had ever seen. Historians have never been able to nail down an official length of the home run but definitely eclipsed his previous record length 10 years prior.
Mantle had a total of 536 home runs in his 18-year career and was selected into the Hall of Fame in 1974. He had many awards in his career most notably during his 1956 season including 1956 AL batting title, 1956 Major League Player of the Year, 1956 AL MVP, 1956 AL Triple Crown, 1957 AL MVP, 1962 AL MVP and 1965 Hutch Award.
Take a look back as we remember the great slugger he was.