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Lot # 1244 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1953 Washington (vs. New York) Program - Mantle's Epic 565-Foot Tape-Measure Home Run!

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $296

1953 Washington Senators fold-over scorecard, neatly scored in blue ink for the April 17, 1953, game against the New York Yankees in which Mickey Mantle hit his historic 565-foot "tape-measure" home run. The epic blast, served up by Senators pitcher Chuck Stobbs in the top of the fifth inning, cleared the 50-foot left-field wall and just kept going, eventually landing in the backyard of a house on 434 Oakdale Street. Following the game Yankees' publicist Arthur "Red" Patterson, recognizing a great opportunity when he saw it, calculated the distance at 565 feet, thereby coining the phrase "tape-measure" home run, even though no one actually measured the distance covered by the ball. Even though current historians dispute the exact number of feet the ball traveled through the air, there was no doubt it was one of the longest home runs anyone had ever seen, thereby forever preserving its lofty spot in the annals of baseball lore. This is the first scorecard from that historic game that we have ever handled and we cannot recall having seen another (only 4,206 fans were in attendance that day). The scorecard (7 x 11 inches) displays a horizontal fold and light staining on the Yankees score page. The blue-ink notation "Mantle's Home Run 565' April 17, 1953" is written along the top border of the Yankees' score page. In Very Good condition overall. Reserve $200. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $296


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