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Moonshot (baseball)

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Wally Moon, which the term "moonshot" derived from

In baseball, a moonshot is referred to as a home run that travels a great distance vertically, while only barely clearing the fences. The name "Moonshot" comes from Wally Moon whose home runs would be referenced in newspapers as "Moon Shots".[1] Most of Moon's home runs came at the L.A. Coliseum and gained (perhaps overstated[2]) recognition for hitting home runs to the opposite field,[3] where the distance of the fence was merely 251 feet from home plate, but towered 42 feet high - for comparison, Fenway Park's famous Green Monster is 37 feet tall.

Another definition[who?] comes from the trajectory of the ball as it travels high and deep into the night sky, as if it were metaphorically traveling to the moon.