40 Years Ago Today, The Bull Rang the Liberty Bell

Only one player in MLB history hit the Liberty Bell at the Vet. Greg “The Bull” Luzinski did it on May 16th, 1972. (As I have been informed by Andy and Mike, the Liberty Bell wasn’t located that high when he hit it. It was a 500-foot shot, but the Liberty Bell at that time was located in the 400 Level, where it looks like there are luxury boxes in the above photo. They were actually for press and VIPs.)

RELATED: Stargell’s legendary homer at the Vet.

4 Comments on “40 Years Ago Today, The Bull Rang the Liberty Bell”

  1. Andy says:

    Unbelievable, indeed, although it didn’t hit the Liberty Bell where it stands in that picture. According to Rich Westcott’s Veterans Stadium: Field of Memories, the Bell used to be on the facade of the 400 level. Still quite impressive, but not out-of-the-stadium impressive. Quote is found here: http://books.google.com/books?id=SwEnqr5lAssC&pg=PA111&lpg=PA111&dq=greg+luzinski+liberty+bell+distance&source=bl&ots=0frcZwaw6I&sig=xQ1DDLEwAgH0SmvMfj4L0rxWtCc&hl=en&sa=X&ei=L5qyT5uaIMbJgQennuHLCQ&ved=0CGEQ6AEwCQ#v=onepage&q=greg%20luzinski%20liberty%20bell%20distance&f=false

  2. Paul Lewis says:

    According to http://www.baseball-reference.com/bullpen/June_27 (baseball Reference.com) Roberto Clemente was the first to go ding dong in the Vet
    “1971 – Roberto Clemente’s 1200th RBI comes in the form of a tie-breaking, 8th-inning, pinch-hit homer, culminating Pittsburgh’s come-from-behind 10 – 9 victory over Philadelphia. According to columnist Gene Collier, who is in town to visit the newly-opened Veterans Stadium, this milestone blast actually struck the “enormous mock Liberty Bell mounted on the facing of the upper deck in dead center, maybe 40 feet above and behind the fence, which was and is 408 feet from home plate.” Thus Clemente is not only the first player ever to reach the centerfield upper deck at the new ballpark, but also the first to “ring the bell,” preceding by more than ten months Greg Luzinski’s prodigious May 16, 1972 shot to the same location.”

  3. Wow, interesting. Hadn’t heard that one. Thanks Paul!

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