Babe Ruth hits the longest walk-off triple
in Fenway Park history

BABE RUTH

 

ON THIS DATE (July 8, 1918) ... Babe Ruth's mighty smash into the right field bleachers, in the 10th inning, drove Amos Strunk home with the winning and only run in the first game of today's doubleheader.

Under any other conditions, it would've been his 12th homer of the season, and longest ever hit at Fenway Park, but all the Babe was able to get was a triple, on the blow which landed more than two thirds of the way up the right field bleachers, because Amos Strunk was on first base at the time.  Babe seemed perfectly satisfied inasmuch as the clout won the ballgame. Babe hit two safeties in their first game, but when hitless in the second game.

Under 1918 rules the homer was a triple because the game ended when the winning run crossed the plate (the rule was changed in 1920, and if it had been in place in 1918, the "Babe" would have hit 715 career home runs instead of 714) ... The ball landed 2/3 of the way up the bleachers and could have meant it went further than Ted Williams' record clout in 1946 ... but we'll never know.

 

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