Back when I was a kid, they stated that Mantle ran down the bases, home to 1st in 3.1 seconds. This was hand timed by the way. Vida Pinson was also timed at the speed.
Mantle was one of the best, if not the best, drag bunters ever. So he was doing the same thing as Ichiro, and he was timed by hand, which also counts for a faster time. Pinson was timed the same way, drag bunting, and both their times were 3.1. If they were timed today, their time would be a little slower using the timers we have today.
Just think, Bob Hayes was the fastest human in 1964 Olympics and he won every NFL 40 yard dash except for one, when they had the fastest NFL player in indoor track meets around the country. The hand time was around 4.2.
Mantle & Pinson both had several feet short of 30 yards (90 feet) while drag bunting out of the batters box.
Here's what I found:
Sporting News, Sept. 3, 1952.
Lefty Batters Running To 1B.
3.1--Mickey Mantle, Yanks
3.2--Mickey Mantle, Yanks
3.3--Mickey Mantle, Yanks
3.4--Mickey Mantle, Yanks
3.4--Gil Coan, Senators
3.5--Mickey Mantle, Yanks
3.6--Gene Woodling, Yanks
3.7--Larry doby, Indians
3.7-- Dale Mitchell, Indians
3.9--Jim Rivera, White Sox
3.9--Mickey Vernon, Senators
Righty batters runing To 1B
3.5--Mickey Mantle, Yanks
3.6--Phil Rizzuto, Yanks
3.6--Jim Busby, Senators
3.7--Johnny Groth, Tigers
3.7--Gil McDougald, Yanks
3.8--Bobby Avila, Indians
3.8--Al Federoff, Detroit
3.9--Jackie Jansen, Senators
3.9--Hank Bauer, Yanks
4.0--Billy Martin, Yanks
4.0--Allie Reynolds, Yanks
Also, as for acceleration, here is some data from Maurice Greene's 1997 World Championships victory...
Maurice Greene could get there in 3.20 seconds. Without a starting gun, about 3.05 seconds. And with a tailwind of only 4 mph, about 3.00 seconds.
Here's another list:
All times from the left side
Mantle was clocked at 3.1 (fastest documented time in MLB)
Bo Jackson was timed at 3.2 (3.65 from the right side)
Deion Sanders was timed at 3.3
Ralph Garr was timed at 3.3 (unconfirmed 3.2)
Rick Manning was timed at 3.3 (ran a 9.8 100 yard dash in High School)
Miguel Dilone was timed at 3.3
Mickey Rivers was timed at 3.4
Willie Wilson was timed at 3.6 and 3.7
Ichiro was timed at 3.7 seconds
Reggie Jackson (in his early days) was sub 4.0 down the line. ( he stated 3.8)
Michael Bourn of the Atlanta Braves was timed in 2012 at 3.6 seconds from a normal bunt to first.
Source - MLB.com "This Week In Baseball: Player Poll - Quickest Player In Mlb"
No doubt about it, Mantle had wicked speed. The closest documented times to his were by Bo Jackson, who had one advantage...he didn't run in baggy pants like Mantle did. That WILL slow you down.
The fastest is around a 2.5 home to 1st time
The fastest baseball ever thrown in a real b ball game was a throw to first base recorded at a speed of 113 mph. ( that is what i heard)
The first stolen base in World Series history was by Boston's third baseman and manager Jimmy Collins in the second game of the 1903 Series against Pittsburgh.
A baseball 'assist' is given when a fielder 'assists' in the making of an 'out' of an opposing player. For example, a ground ball is hit to the third baseman who throws the ball to the first baseman standing on first base who makes the 'out' by touching first base before the runner who hit the ball does. The first baseman is credited with a 'put out' and the third basemen is credited with an 'assist.'
Quinnton berry, 12 seconds
I was running to first base when , someone got me out!
The "Running Lane" Rule applies ONLY to runners going to first base, and the lane is only a guide. If a player intentionally interferes with a fielder while running to first, he is out no matter WHERE he may be. If he is hit by the thrown ball, he is out if he is outside the lane, but safe unless the ump rules INTENTIONAL interference. There is no comparable running lane violation for third base. HOWEVER, any player (or coach or manager) who, at any point of running the bases, INTENTIONALLY interferes with a fielder making a play, is out for interference. This can include deliberately running in such a way as to obstruct a throw to home.
No, they have to touch first base.
yes but definitely not its most efficient base runner
There four ways that a player can get out. 1. Strikeout 2. A player catches a ball that the batter hits 3. The base is taged that the player is running to. (This is only an out if there is someone running to the base they left.) 4. They are tagged by someone who is holding the ball.
if your running the bases it is 120 feet
Who is running on the play? It always depends on which player it is...
Mickey Mantle in 3.1 seconds.