Lou Brock, who would be famously traded to the Cardinals two years later, took the field for the Cubs at the Polo Grounds in New York on June 17, 1962.
The Base Burglar was best known for his speed. But on this day it was his power that made headlines. Brock, the day before his 23rd birthday, celebrated by cranking a 460-foot home run into the right centerfield bleachers 460 feet from home plate. The blast came against Mets pitcher Al Jackson and was only the second homer hit into that part of the bathtub-shaped stadium which opened in 1911.
Dimensions of the Polo Grounds in Manhattan, New York
The stands where Brock hit his legendary homer are best known as the backdrop for the over the shoulder catch Willie Mays made in the 1954 World Series. But, if you can't picture that in your mind, click here for a quick look at the Polo Grounds.
Joe Adcock hit the first bleacher blast at the Polo Grounds while it was occupied by the Giants who called the stadium home from 1911 until they moved to San Francisco 1957. Used by the expansion Mets in 1962 and 1963, the ballpark was demolished in 1964 upon the completion of Shea Stadium.
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