Thursday, June 3, 2010
Classic Twins Game of the Week: Killebrew Homers To Upper Deck, June 3, 1967
It was the first time a player had reached the Met Stadium upper deck (other than Rich Reese and a few usherettes), constructed in 1965. It scored Rich Rollins (hit by pitch) and Rod Carew (who had singled) before Harmon's at bat.
Casual estimates with sliderules and long division showed the ball had traveled over 520 feet, and would have reached Earth orbit sans the bleacher section. By the way: Twins won, 8-6.The seat was painted the next day, and now is hung on the wall at the Mall of America amusement park now occupying the former stadium site. The seat is reserved for loud, unruly children.
May YOUR taters fly far too!