On May 22, 1963 is was looking like another Yankees romp over the Kansas City Athletics as they led by the score of 7-0 going into the eight inning. The A’s put up six unanswered runs in the eight inning and another in the ninth to tie the game 7-7. The game remained tied going into the bottom of the 11th inning with Mickey Mantle coming up as the lead-off hitter.
It was clear that Mickey and the entire Yankee team were embarrassed that they let a seven run lead get away and now Mickey was hoping to end it with one swing of the bat. Mickey swung so hard at Bill Fischer’s first pitch, a slow curve, that he nearly fell to the ground. The A’s bench gave Mickey “the business” which infuriated The Mick. Can you imagine a super strong athlete like Mickey pumped up on adrenaline? Fischer then tried to sneak a fast ball by him and Mickey unleashed a perfect swing at just the precise moment, with his bat speed at its maximum point in the swing, the baseball struck the dead center of the sweet spot of his bat and took off like a bullet heading for the clouds over right field. The ball struck the facade 370′ from home plate and 118′ off the ground for game winning, walk-off home run. It came within inches of being the first fair ball ever hit out of Yankee Stadium.