It was 68 years ago today that the New York Yankees played USC before a standing-room only crowd of around 3,000 at Bovard Field.
The game is remembered because Mickey Mantle supposedly hit a 650-foot home run that landed in the middle of the football practice — during a spring practice — that was beyond the baseball outfield.
There was never any verification of the distance but the legend remains intact. Mantle hit two homers, a triple and single with 7 RBI. The Yankees fielded their No. 1 team, including Joe DiMaggio, and won 15-1.
In the picture above are legendary USC manager Rod Dedeaux and legendary Yankees manager Casey Stengel. The pair were close friends and both lived in Glendale until their deaths.
Below, USC’s Tommy Riach (right) talks to former USC star/Yankee Hank Workman and DiMaggio.