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

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Michael Cerami began covering the Chicago Cubs for Bleacher Nation as a part-time contributor in 2015. One year later, he joined Bleacher Nation full-time, covering the Chicago Cubs and Major League Baseball. Today, Michael runs Bleacher Nation, contributing as a writer (Cubs, MLB) and an editor for all sections of the site, including the Chicago Bears, Bulls, and Blackhawks, as well as MLB, NBA, NHL, and NFL. In 2019, Michael was the co-host of NBC Sports Chicago's Cubs Post-Game Show Outside the Ivy. You can find him on Twitter/X @Michael_Cerami

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