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Glenallen Hill’s Rooftop Home Run At Wrigley Field

By bullpenbrian at 02.09.2013 5 comments.

Glenallen Hill Rooftop

First thing to pop in your head when I mention the name Glenallen Hill…

Yep. May 11, 2000.

Hill hits a mammoth home run off Milwaukee starter Steve Woodard in the second inning of a game at Wrigley Field. The ball lands on one of the rooftops across the street on Waveland Avenue.

According to ESPN’s Home Run Tracker, Hill’s famous shot was traveling at 116.7 mph with a trajectory of 41.1 degrees. An 18 mph wind was blowing out to left field, and had the five-story building not been in the way, it’s estimated the home run would’ve cleared 500 ft! The definition of a tape-measure shot.

(Hill was also listed in the Mitchell Report for his alleged use of HGH and association with Mets clubhouse employee Kirk Radomski who on April 27, 2007 pleaded guilty to illegal distribution of anabolic steroids, human growth hormone, Clenbuterol, amphetamines and other drugs to “dozens of current and former Major League Baseball players, and associates, on teams throughout Major League Baseball.”)

Nonetheless, the Cubs lost 14-8 that day while on their way to losing the third most games in franchise history (97).

Hill spent 13 seasons in the majors with seven different teams, including two stints with the Cubs (1993-94, 1998-00).

He wrapped up his playing career in 2001 with the Angels and later joined the Rockies organization as the team’s first base coach from 2007-12.

This past week Hill was named the manager of the Rockies Triple-A affiliate in Colorado Springs.

*As you’re accustom to on Saturdays, I like to post Cubs videos. And having watched the Glenallen Hill home run on YouTube on a number of occasions, I wasn’t aware it was no longer available for viewing due to copyright stuff for Major League baseball. So, instead we carry on with the crappy photo below. Next week’s Cubs video will be just that…an actual video you can watch…

Genallen Hill Rooftop Home Run

Glenallen Hill

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  1. Raymond Johnson says:

    I was watching that day, and had a friend at the game. I could have sworn that I had a copy of the video on my computer, but I think it got deleted. One of my favorite Cubs moments!

    • bullpenbrian says:

      It’s really a bummer the Hill rooftop HR is no longer available on YouTube.
      What a cool memory to be at the game as well!

      I think the farthest I’ve seen a ball hit a Wrigley while in attendance was either Ryan Zimmerman’s home run on to Waveland in August of 2011 (it landed near the fire hydrant!) or Bryan LaHair’s bomb on to Sheffield last April against Milwaukee. Zimmerman’s was a low flying missle…LaHair’s, on the other hand, was a towering shot.

      I also happen to be at the game last season when Ryan Braun smashed a shot off the camera well in center field. It would have been well over the bleachers had he pulled the ball. But home runs like the ones we’ve mentioned are remembered for a lifetime!

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