Batting left handed, 2.9 seconds home to first. No one has equaled this time, not even Bo Jackson.
Note (5/13/2012): I can find no independent confirmation that Mickey Mantle's home-to-first time was 2.9 seconds and it's hard to fathom it being humanly possible to get home to first so quickly. After all, the world record (hand-timed) for a 100-yard dash is 9.0 seconds, set in the 1970s and essentially repeated more recently by a runner who (electronically timed) covered the first 100 yards of a 100-meter dash in 9.07.
A time of 9.0 equates to 33.33 feet per second, which would indeed suggest that a hitter could cover 90 feet in as little as 2.7 seconds. Still, much as I'm a Mantle fan, it's difficult to believe he was markedly faster on a basepath in 1952 than an Olympic-caliber sprinter can manage today on a track.
According to another Wiki.Answers.com question response, The Sporting News in 1952 said Mantle had been measured (hand-timed) covering home to first from the left-hand batter's box in 3.1 seconds. (He was timed on several occasions, at least according to the article, in under 3.4 seconds.) It is suggested his times would have been slightly slower if electronically timed.
Mind you, while I'm not buying 2.9 seconds, 3.1 seconds in itself is incredibly fast. And while the two-tenths of a second (from 2.9 to 3.1) might not seem like much of a difference, obviously it is from a purely factual standpoint (since we hope that the information here would be accurate), from a mathematical standpoint (the difference between traveling 31 feet per second vs. 29 feet per second) and from a Baseball standpoint (i.e., being safe or out on a close play, a full stride's difference).
Mantle was also reputedly the all-time standard-setter from the right side of the dish, as well, at 3.5 seconds. This time (and the 3.1) are conceivable, as just this year Angels rookie Mike Trout was timed from the right-hand batter's box to first on a bunt in 3.53 seconds, potentially the fastest among all current Major Leaguers.
Of note: The original answer added that Mantle was faster "even than Bo Jackson," but of course Jackson was a right-handed hitter. Granted, Mantle was still faster (3.5 hand-timed vs. reportedly 3.65 seconds for Jackson electronically timed), but to muse that Mantle's left-handed time was faster than Jackson's time wasn't an apples-to-apples comparison.
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Yankees Stadium IMickey Mantle played his entire career with the New York Yankees, and home field was Yankees Stadium
Mickey Mantle died at 2:10 A.M. Eastern time at Baylor University Medical Center on August 13, 1995. That same day, Paul O'Neill hit his 16th home run of the season in the 1st inning.
Mantle was born on October 20, 1931, the next game that the Yankees played was the Opening game of the 1932 season on April 12th. Babe Ruth was the 1st to hit a home run.
let him make it to the majors before he breaks mantles record
Mickey Mantle hit his last home run, career number 536, on Sept. 20, 1968, batting left handed at Yankee Stadium vs. the Boston Red Sox off right handed pitcher Jim Lonborg. It was Mantles 18th home run of the season.
Mickey Mantle hit career home run number 300 during his 10th season in the Major leagues, on July 4, 1960 batting right handed, at Griffith Stadium vs. the Wash. Senators off left handed pitcher Hal Woodeschick. It was Mantles 20th home run of the 1960 season when he hit 40.
Mickey Mantle's first major league home run was hit on May 1, 1951 at Comiskey Park.
On April 9, 1965, Mickey Mantle hit the first home run in the Houston Astrodome, off pitcher Turk Farrell.
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It takes him 3.93 sec. for him to get from home plate to first base.
Mickey Mantle hit his first home run on May 1, 1951, batting left handed at Comiskey Park vs. Chi White Sox Right handed pitcher Randy Gumpert.
Legend has Mantle at 3.1 from home to first. We know that Ichiro, considered the fastest in the game today has been timed at 3.7 so few believe Mantle could have been this fast. Unfortunately we do not have any solid evidence from the Mantle period to corroborate the 3.1 reports.
From home to first base: 90 ft. (30 yards)
The distances between the plates are 90 feet. The distance between home plate and first base is 90 feet. First base to second base is 90 feet. Second base to third base is 90 feet. Third base to home plate is also 90 feet. Additionally, the distance between first and third base straight across is 127 feet.
On any Major League Baseball field it is 90 feet from home plate to first base, so it is 90 feet from home plate to first base at Fenway Park.
First base. The one to the right of home plate
Yes, from the center of home plate to the center of first base.
At the end of home plate to when it gets to the edge of 1st base.