Bo Jackson Crushes a 450-Foot Home Run in 1989 All-Star Game

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Bo Jackson Crushes a 450-Foot Home Run in 1989 All-Star Game
Bo Jackson, before he hit his All-Star Game home run in 1989. (MLB.com)

Bo Jackson will be one of the former Kansas City Royals stars participating in the All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game taking place at Kauffman Stadium as part of the MLB All-Star Game festivities.

The last time Jackson played in anything involved with the MLB All-Star Game, he gave us a pretty memorable moment.

In the 1989 All-Star Game, Jackson crushed a home run to center field off the San Francisco Giants' Rick Reuschel in the first inning. The ball landed at least 448 feet from home plate, high over the center field fence at Anaheim Stadium (now Angels Stadium), though those who witnessed the blast think it went even further. 

As Mark Saxon wrote for ESPN Los Angeles, this was in the days before interleague play. So National League players hadn't seen Jackson in person outside of the All-Star Game, nor any home run like the shot he launched off Reuschel. 

Jackson went on to win the game's MVP award, also making a key catch in left field that saved two runs from scoring. 

But it's the home run that people remember.

I even remember my father watching that one with me. By that point, the only baseball he usually watched was the All-Star Game. Interestingly, it was an event he was always curious about, long after the only sport he watched was Michigan football. Jackson's home run reaffirmed that interest. I can still hear him say "Wow."

So is there any chance Jackson can emulate that moment in the celebrity softball game? 

 

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