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June 3, 2009
wildchild
2 posts
longesthit softball
i was on this web site looking at the longest hit softball by people theres a guy named eric that lifes in ephraim utah he came from co. i think ive seen this guy go threw 2 bats in a game by breaking them in half this guy hit 450 Plus every time unreal guy someone has to take a look at this guy!!!!!!!!!
June 3, 2009
einstein
Men's 50
3114 posts
I was on the field in Vegas
when Mike Burbank hit a ball
525 plus.
In Reno, this weekend
at rancho san raphael
with some help from the wind,
Sal, Parnell, Bully and some guy named
Howard all hit balls close to 500 feet if they were an inch.
I was not only there.
I was pitching.
I've seen Ken Van Bogaert
hit balls routinely over a 2 day period
in Seattle that were in the 500 range.
I saw Jeff Hall at PacBell park
hit a ball over the walkway behind the left field bleachers that went over 500 feet.
Bruce Fairchild hit a ball against us
this weekend in the 60 and over
that was in the 450 plus range.
When you see/witness a guy hitting ball that far it looks like what it is,
someething special, extraordinary
and well worth the experience.
This guy Eric sounds like he's a member of that club.
June 3, 2009
#6
Men's 60
1183 posts
Bruce Meade hit a ball 510 ft., I believe after that, Bombat made a Bruce Meade 510.I also believe he is the only softball player to hit a home run in the Astrodome mesinine.(spell check)And he is a great guy.
June 3, 2009
SLOBALL1
Men's 50
173 posts
Macenko hit one out of Tiger tiger onto the street.++500
June 4, 2009
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2581 posts
Thanks Joe for the props! I had a great time in Reno, great ball and bats also!
June 4, 2009
VINNY LV
Men's 50
178 posts
LOOK UP THE NAME PAUL TOMASEVICH(SKIP HOGAN A.C.& PGH HARDHATS) ON GOOGLE IF YOU WANT TO READ ABOUT A GUY HITTING THE BALL.. ALL HE USED WAS THE WOODEN BAT. ASA HALL OF FAMER
June 4, 2009
JamesLG
295 posts

I have only seen one guy hit the ball like you speak of and that was in Seattle at the Senior Worlds in I believe 06. Don't know his name but I was told he and his son have a video out about how to hit a slowpith ball 400' or 450'. When he hit it the sound was even different from most power hitters. It probably helped that he was about 6'1" and 270 or so with amazing bat speed.

Thanks:

James
June 4, 2009
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2581 posts
I'm sure you are talking about Ken VanBogert, Bogie. He's a big time masher and a great guy!
June 4, 2009
Gary Heifner
248 posts
I saw one of those guys on the 360 tour, on TV, hit a ball higher above the slide at the Milwaukee Stadium than the HR Sammy Sosa hit in the All-star HR contest. Probably the 530-550 area. I also saw posted on a web site several years ago (not sure if it was this one and I can't prove this is true) but a guy claimed that one of the big guns back a number of years, hit a ball in a tourney that pocked or stuck in the mud beyond the fence. After the game, it was measued at 602 feet ??????
June 4, 2009
Gary Heifner
248 posts
I might add. that as a 5th grader in Kansas City, I saw Harry "suitcase" Simpson hit the longest major league HR ever hit and I am the only living person who remembers. He hit it over the RC field wall and it bounced down the middle of a street until you couldn't see the ball anymore. Probably well over a "MILE"
June 4, 2009
einstein
Men's 50
3114 posts
Hey James,
I agree with Bruce.
That's gotta be Ken Van Bogaert
and his son and
you can see them both
on some of his videos.
They both can hit the ball a mile.
One of his videos on rotational hitting and the secondary swing taught me how to hit the ball far.
I always knew I was strong enough to hit hit the ball over the fence
but never knew how.
Northstar Productions, I think,
is his company name.
I know Kelly Sports used to sell his videos, in case anyone is interested.

June 9, 2009
wildchild
2 posts
this guys name is eric richardson from ephraim utah hit one last thurday that was 425 with a wooden bat then hit one with a miken 98 freak that was 525 this guys unreal i hate to be in the field when this guy comes up to hit. if he hit a line drive your scaryed it will take your head off!!
June 9, 2009
jim16
Men's 65
169 posts
Mike Burbanks shot at Lorenzi Park was over 500 ft. Bruce Meade did hit one measured at 510. However, in 1983 I was one of the principals who put on a national HR hitting contest at San Diego State's old baseball field. Mike Macenko was the hitter and I threw the pitch. The power alley in right center was marked at 385, behind the fece was a section of bleachers about 10 rows deep and behind the bleachers was a walkway about 50 feet wide. It abutted the basketball arena and after Mike had a temper tantrum he picked up a bat he had never swung before and hit one OVER the basketball arena. We dont know how far it went because we couldnt see where it came down and the ball was lost forever. Rich Plante won the event by hitting 10 in a row out of the baseball park. The buzz was the Macenko shot and it was taped by the local TV news crew. I estimate somewhere in the 600 ft range. The ball was a Wilson optima Gold (not a hot ball) and the bat was one of the old solid aluminum Steele bats. Mike's the man.
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