Only five days after Mickey Mantle Jr. was born, the Yankees were in Washington to play the Senators. Only 4,206 fans were in the stands that historic day as Chuck Stobbs was on the mound for the Senators facing 21 year old Mickey Mantle.
In the top of the fifth inning, Mickey stepped to the plate with two outs and Yogi Berra on first base. The Yankees were winning by the score of 2-1. Stobbs delivered a chest-high fastball to Mickey who quickly sent the ball sailing out towards left center field. The ball flew over the stand and glanced off the National Bohemian Beer sign, which was 460 feet from home plate. Despite nicking the sign, the ball continued to travel yet another 105 feet.
Arthur (Red) Paterson, Yankee press attache, immediately ran out of the ballpark to recover the historic ball and to determine an exact measurement of 565 feet.
Later, in the ninth inning, Mickey surprised everyone by pushing a bunt that went all the way into center field for a single. In one game, Mickey went on record as hitting the longest home run and the longest bunt!