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That Time When: Cecil Fielder Cleared the Roof at Tiger Stadium


As a Chicago Cubs fan, I am well aware of the power stored within the bat of former Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder. From 2005-2011 (his time spent in the NL Central) Fielder was a pain in the butt to Cubs fans everywhere, placing 311 home runs into the stands.

But Prince isn’t the only member of his family with a penchant for crushing long ones. His father, Cecil (1985-1998) hit 319 long balls of his own during his career. One of them was an absolutely massive shot you might remember:

Trying to track a home run shot on the grainy cameras of 1993 is hard enough, but when the cameraman can’t even catch up to the ball – because he isn’t aware it cleared the roof – it becomes even more difficult.


At the time, that bomb – just the third home run ball to make it onto the Tigers’ roof – was charted at 484 feet. That was Cecil’s 182nd home run of his career, and it was a big one.

It’s hard not to be reminded of the time Glenallen Hill reached a rooftop across the street from Wrigley Field


Michael Cerami

Michael Cerami writes about MLB at Baseball Is Fun. You can find him on Twitter @Michael_Cerami.