Mo Vaughn’s Moonshot Home Run

Mo Vaughn hit one of the longest home runs ever at Shea Stadium. Vaughn’s tape-measure blast to the middle of the Budweiser sign on the Shea scoreboard was estimated at 505 feet.

The Mets acquired Mo Vaughn from the Angels for pitcher Kevin Appier in December of 2001. But by then his best days were far behind him. A 1995 MVP with the Red Sox, the Mets were counting on Vaughn’s big bat in a lineup with Roger Cedeno, Jeromy Burnitz, and Roberto Alomar.

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But an out of shape Vaughn, he weighed 268 pounds, got off to a slow start in 2002. The 34-year-old first baseman hit just 4 home runs in April and May. He started to get hot in June. Then came the night of the 26th at Shea versus the Braves.

The solo shot, against Kevin Gryboski, was listed at 505 feet at the time and is one of the longest home runs ever hit in Shea Stadium’s history. Vaughn had hit another solo homer earlier in the game off Tom Glavine. But the Mets would go on to lose the game 6-3.

Mo Vaughn would hit 26 homers that season. Second only to Mike Piazza‘s 33 dingers. He slashed .259/.349/.456. But Vaughn will forever be remembered for this moonshot home run against the Braves that June night.