Ball Park Cranks - Jimmy Rollins

Attention Philadelphia: Baseball All-Star and World Series champion Jimmy Rollins will be knocking baseballs over Benjamin Franklin Parkway for Red Bull Ball Park Cranks.

Clear your lunch hour because we’re not just talking home runs here…Rollins is aiming beyond the typical stadium distance and looking to hit a massive 550-foot bomb -- or the distance of almost two football fields.

Not stopping there, Rollins will also attempt to break the current Guinness World Record for ‘Longest Batted Ball’, which currently stands at 576 feet. The record is for the greatest distance one individual can hit a batted baseball in a legal manner with no restriction on equipment.

Rollins is encouraging his fellow Philadelphians to stop by to witness the science, the technology, the talent, the strength, or to just see their favorite professional athlete really hit it out of the park…and over a highway.

The event is free and spectators are welcome!

Date and Time:

  • June 27, 2011
  • 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM


  • Benjamin Franklin Parkway
  • Intersection of 20th Street
  • Philadelphia, PA

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"Baseball is a game of tradition, but Red Bull Ball Park Cranks is an exciting opportunity to play the baseball of the future -- just for one day -- and see what happens when modern advances in materials science and technology meet the power of today's players," said Popular Science's Matt Cokeley. Popular Science is part of the Bonnier Technology Group, which also includes Popular Photography, American Photo and Sound & Vision magazines, as well as the websites,, and Founded in 1872, Popular Science is the world's largest science and technology magazine, with nearly 7 million readers. Each month, Popular Science reports on the intersection of science and everyday life, delivering a look at the future now.

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