Hannibal man wants mammoth homer recognized

HANNIBAL, Mo. (AP) — A Hannibal man is seeking some recognition for a home run hit in the northeast Missouri town, potentially one of the longest in professional baseball history.

Roy Sievers went on to have a stellar 17-year major league career. But in 1947 he was a minor leaguer playing in the St. Louis Browns farm system in Hannibal.

One day he hit a home run over the left field fence at Hannibal’s Clemens Field that just kept going, crossing a street, rising over a bluff and landing on a street on that bluff.

No one knows exactly how far the blast went but it was well over 500 feet.

Hannibal resident Jay Draudt told the Hannibal Courier-Post (http://bit.ly/ZNR9hy) he would like to see some sort of marker to honor the home run.

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