Historic Markers Across Florida

Babe's Longest Homer

Marker ID:  
Location: McKay Auditorium, University of Tampa, FL.
County: Hillsborough
Coordinates: N 27° 56.810    W 082° 27.942
  27.94683333    -82.4657
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM2AD9


At Tampa´s Plant Field on April 4, 1919, "Babe" Ruth, playing for the Boston Red Sox against the N.Y. Giants, smacked a 587-foot home run that set a record in a pre-season game. 4,300 screaming fans saw the feat. Famed Evangelist Billy Sunday, an ex-major leaguer himself, who was conducting a tent revival on the Florida Fair grounds nearby, had pitched the first ball of the game, and the Bambino´s pacesetting ball was presented to him. Ruth played from 1915 to 1935. He is regarded as the most popular player and greatest slugger in history. One year he hit 60 homers.

Erected by the Tampa Historical Society in cooperation with the Italian-American Golf Association, Inc.


City: Tampa, FL