Where was Babe Ruth’s longest home run? A six-city mystery

This year’s World Series games at Wrigley Field remind us of Babe Ruth’s legendary home run there, when he allegedly called his shot in Game 3 of the 1932 Fall Classic in Chicago.But where was Ruth’s longest homer? At least six cities claim the Bambi

no’s biggest blast. Detroit – Ruth crushed a pitch out of Navin Field versus Ty Cobb’s Tigers on July 18, 1921.“Hall of Fame historian Bill Jenkinson once estimated it as the longest home run ever hit. Ruth hit the ball clear out of Navin Field (Tiger Stadium) to center field, a shot Jenkinson estimates would have traveled 575 feet unencumbered,” Sports Illustrated recapped. MORE: Where was baseball's first night game? Fort Wayne, Ind. – Ruth’s barnstorming team traveled to Fort Wayne shortly after the Yankees won the 1927 World Series. The Babe cranked an exhibition game dinger there that traveled over the left-center field fence and into a moving train.“Ruth later claimed this was the longest home run he ever hit,” the News-Sentinel reported. “A truly ‘Ruthian’ tale.”Ossining, N.Y. – Babe Ruth went to jail. Well, the whole Yankees roster did in 1929 for an exhibition against Sing Sing Correctional Facility inmates. Ruth’s big fly that day escaped onto a bluff outside the prison, 620 feet from home plate. The New York Post called it “his longest-ever home run.”St. Petersburg, Fla. – Ruth was getting ready for his penultimate season when he drilled a spring training pitch off a hotel on March 25, 1934.“According to Tim Reid of the Committee to Commemorate Babe Ruth, the West Coast Inn home run is believed to be perhaps the longest ever hit off major league pitching. Reid, an engineer, estimates the distance in the air as no less than 610 feet,” the Tampa Bay Times wrote.Tampa, Fla. – Ruth was wearing a Red Sox spring training uniform when he drove a 587-foot round-tripper on April 4, 1919 in Tampa. It’s immortalized with a Florida Historical Marker titled “Babe’s Longest Homer.”Wilkes-Barre, Pa. – Ruth took a train to Wilkes-Barre two days after the 1926 World Series (imagine Kris Bryant playing an exhibition game later this week for a couple thousand people) and tattooed a ball 650 feet, according to members of Wilkes-Barre's City Government.The City of Wilkes-Barre built a permanent display in Kirby Park honoring Ruth’s prodigious Pennsylvania poke. The sign's headline reads “The Longest Home Run in Competitive Baseball History.”Ruth’s tape measure mystery is part of the lore surrounding the most famous player of all-time.Tim Hagerty is the broadcaster for the Triple-A El Paso Chihuahuas, and is on Twitter at @MinorsTeamNames. He is also the author of "Root for the Home Team: Minor League Baseball's Most Off-the-Wall Team Names."