Who caught the highest pop up ever?

If you asked catcher Joe Sprinz he would likely admit he wasn’t too excited after winning the honor in 1939. As a publicity stunt for the defunct minor league San Francisco Seals team, Sprinz caught a ball let loose from a blimp floating 800 feet above. The force of the ball slammed his mitt back into his face smashing at least four teeth and breaking his jaw, according to an account of the feat. Sprinz’s catch came a year after a couple of players managed to hang onto baseballs dropped 700 feet from a Cleveland skyscraper. A baseball plummeting earthward reaches a terminal velocity of 95 M.P.H., physicist Peter J. Brancazio told the authors of the syndicated column Strange but True.

-Mike Stevens

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