Did Yaz hit the facade?
Red Sox Fan From Pinstriped Territory wants to know.
A couple sources say Carl Yastrzemski slammed a home run on June 19, 1977 — the final game of the infamous three-game series against the Yankees in which Reggie Jackson and Billy Martin fought on national TV — so far that it hit Fenway Park’s right-field facade, where now sits Yaz’s own retired number (among others). But the game stories of the time don’t seem to mention what surely would be a trajectory worth noting.
Famously, no one has ever hit a ball out of Fenway to right field. And, like Jere says in his post, wouldn’t a facade blast — by Yaz no less — be remembered similarly to Ted Williams’ red-seat bomb or Mantle’s own facade dinger?
If it did happen, and it’s not so remembered, shouldn’t it be?
[EDITOR'S NOTE: Red Sox VP Emeritus and Club Historian Dick Bresciani graciously answered our email with the following note, confirming that Yaz did, in fact, hit the facade. Mystery solved!
"that is the correct date for Yaz but the Reggie – Martin incident happened the day before during the Sat. NBC game. Yaz hit it off Dick Tidrow and it is the only ball ever to hit the façade in RF at Fenway. I have never seen anyone come close. If a HR is hit into the RF stands 10 or more rows it appears to be quite a blast. Imagine Yaz’ ball towering high enough to hit the façade!"]