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View from the Red Seat, Fenway Park

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Published on Aug 18, 2007

On June 9, 1946, the Splendid Splinter connected off of Detroit's Fred Hutchinson for the longest home run ever hit into the Fenway bleachers.

56-year-old Joe Boucher, a construction engineer from Albany, New York, was in the seat when the ball, which traveled 502 feet, fell from the sky and deflected off his straw hat. But Boucher didn't end up with the ball, adding, "after it hit my head, I was no longer interested."

The seat, located in section 42, row 37, seat 21, was painted red to commemorate Williams' titanic blast, although at the time of the home run the bleachers were real bleachers and not individual seats.

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