I had the strangest dream…
Bestowed with super-human strength, I decided to use my powers not to fight crime and injustice, but rather to hit monstrous homers… at batting practice. I suppose there’s some deep meaning hidden in there. Or I may have been remembering the young Clark Kent kicking a football beyond the horizon in the Superman movie.
Anyway, it left me wondering: if Superman was real, and he was real in the real world, how far could he hit a baseball? Here are the parameters:
- The only thing super is Superman
- He’s using a standard Major League-approved wooden bat
- He’s hitting a standard Major League-approved baseball
- He’s facing a regular Major League-approved pitcher
- No significant wind
This is thus a problem of ballistics and material strength. If Superman hits the ball too hard, he’ll break it, though common sense would tell me the bat is the weak element.
So, what would be a ballpark estimate for the Super-homer?