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Mantle’s longest home run traveled 565 feet in old Griffith Stadium against the Washington Senators on April 17, 1953. Batting righthanded, the switch-hitting Mantle took the pitch from Sens lefty Chuck Stobbs deep into leftfield.
Interestingly, the blast came two years to the day after Mantle’s Major League debut (April 17, 1951).
Mantle was just 21 when he slammed the famed moonshot.
Mantle grew up in Commerce, Oklahoma, where his father Mutt worked in the local zinc mines. As his fame grew, Mantle took on the nickname “The Commerce Comet” (among others), owing to his speed on the bases and his childhood hometown.
No, Mantle was never the single-season record-holder, though he battled teammate Roger Maris most of the season in 1961, when Maris broke Babe Ruth’s record of 60 by hitting his 61st dinger on the last day of the season.
Mantle finished the 1961 campaign with 54 home runs.