Roy Siever’s Clemens Field Home Run in Hannibal Needs to be Documented
The year was 1947 and 21-year-old Roy Sievers of St. Louis was at the plate playing as a St. Louis Brown’s minor leaguer at Hannibal’s Clemens Field. According to an Associated Press story in last night’s Quincy Herald Whig, what took place next was a monumental event.
The first baseman/outfielder connected on a monster home run. According to reports the ball cleared the Clemens Field left field wall, crossed the street and landed on a street beyond the bluff.
Hannibal resident Jay Draudt believes the ball traveled well over 500 feet and he would like to see that home run recognized as one of the longest home runs ever hit in the game of baseball. It is Draudt’s hope that a marker could be placed where the ball landed in honor of Siever’s monumental blast.
Sievers played Major League baseball from 1949 through 1965 for the St. Louis Browns, Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Senators, and Chicago White Sox. Sievers also won the Rookie of the Year Award in 1949, two years after his huge Hannibal home run.
Sievers is now 87 years old and resides in St. Louis.