From 1971 to 2002, many home runs were hit at Veterans Stadium, the Phillies ballpark before Citizens Bank Park, but the farthest ball ever hit there was a majestic 458-foot bomb launched by Pirates slugger Willie Stargell. Stargell achieved this feat during The Vet's inaugural season, and that record stood the test of time for three decades until the stadium's eventual demolition in 2004. The spot in the 600-level where the ball landed was commemorated with a black “S” inscribed within a yellow star inside a white circle, later to be painted black when Stargell died in 2001.
Larry Bowa once famously said, "It would take me three swings to get one up there – from second base.” He wasn't exaggerating. I remember my dad pointing out that iconic Stargell Star to me at a ballgame when I was a kid, and to this day I still get a nosebleed thinking about how high up in the stands that thing was.
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