This Day in Baseball History: April 10th, 1969

I don’t understand why they do this, but here’s the sign they put up commemorating the shot.

On April 10, 1969:

Tommie Agee hits the longest home run in Shea Stadium history.

After starring at Grambling State University, Tommie Agee was signed by the Cleveland Indians, and he would make his debut a year later in 1962 at the age of 19. Over the next three seasons, he would make a few appearances in the majors, but he never really stuck. During the 1964 off-season, he was traded to the Chicago White Sox, who gave him just a few at-bats in the 1965 season. Showing just how little time he had actually spent in the majors over the past four seasons, Agee was still a rookie coming into the 1966 season, but this would be the season for Agee.

He went on to win the Rookie of the Year Award in 1966 with 98 R, 27 2B, 22 HR, 86 RBI, and 44 SB all while winning a Gold Glove for his performance in center. Agee looked to be the next big thing. As the rules continued to make things easier for pitchers, batters, obviously had more problems, and Agee was no exception. Regressing badly to a .234/.302/.371 line, Agee still had an OPS+ of 105, which shows just how badly everyone else did, but the White Sox traded him to the New York Mets the following off-season. Just when things couldn’t get worse, they did. Agee regressed to a 69 OPS+ in 1968.

Then, it was the season of the Miracle Mets in 1969, and Agee was a big reason. The season started off that way, as Agee hit the farthest home run in Shea Stadium history, a blast that got into the upper deck in left. His luck continued over the next season as his numbers (except stolen bases) returned to 1966 levels as he helped the 1969 Mets win 100 games and take the World Series, a season after they lost 89 games. Agee would remain a solid player the next two seasons, but by the age of 30, he was never heard from again.

Sorry for the lack of posts the last few days. Sometimes you need a break to yell at the PS3 for not letting Kelly Johnson run home on Chipper’s double and somehow screwing the other runners up enough to get a double play that killed the inning. Grrrr.

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