Stargell blasts longest home run in Olympic Stadium history
“One of the most awesome things I have ever seen in my life,” Expos pitcher Rudy May said of the blast – and who could doubt him? Stargell’s homer kept carrying until it looked like it might hit the far side of the dome. With a thud, the ball landed in the upper deck in right field – the first time any ball had landed that high at Olympic Stadium.
The estimated distance: 535 feet.
“He made perfect contact,” Twitchell would later admit. “This ball made it to the upper deck in a heartbeat. It was like trying to watch a tracer bullet – you could hear it when it hit. I was kind of in shock.”
The Pirates would cruise to an easy 6-0 win that day, but the main headline was Stargell’s towering home run. Though others would famously hit tape-measure long balls at the Big O – Vladimir Guerrero’s 502-foot blast in 2003 is also legendary – nobody would surpass Stargell’s mark before the Expos left Montreal in 2004.