New York Yankees vs Washington Senators
April 17, 1953 Box Score

The box score below is an accurate record of events for the baseball contest played on April 17, 1953 at Griffith Stadium. The New York Yankees defeated the Washington Senators and the box score is "ready to surrender its truth to the knowing eye."

"His (Mickey Mantle) raw power sent home runs soaring record distances and when he powered one off Washington's Chuck Stobbs in 1956, an ambitious press agent measured it at 565 feet. That was the start of the tape measure home run." - Associated Press Sports Writer Mike Rathet in The Danville Register (03/02/1969, Mickey Mantle Announces Retirement From Baseball , Page 5-D)


Mickey Mantle hit a Chuck Stobbs fastball during this game over Griffith Stadium's left-field bleachers, the first ball to ever clear those stands . Red Patterson, the Yankees Public Relations Director, barked out, "That one's got to be measured!" - and it was! A 10-year old boy named Donald Dunaway had found the ball, showed Patterson where it landed (the backyard of 404 Oakdale Street), and Red paced it off. Patterson did not use a tape measure, but he was photographed with Mantle shortly after the blast, and the term "tape measure home run" was created.
Mickey Mantle Tape Measure Home Run
Mickey Mantle Tape Measure Home Run | The Times Recorded | April 18, 1953

Did you know that you can order an "original" print copy of this same box score from Baseball Almanac? The print source might be USA Today Baseball Weekly , The Sporting News , New York Times , Cleveland Plain Dealer , or other similar sources. Regardless, it will look great framed on your wall.

Fred Schwed, Jr., in How to Watch a Baseball Game (1957) wrote our favorite baseball box score quote, "The baseball box score is the pithiest form of written communication in America today. It is abbreviated history. It is two or three hours (the box score even gives that item to the minute) of complex activity, virtually inscribed on the head of a pin, yet no knowing reader suffers from eyestrain."

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