- Boog Powell
Infobox MLB retired
birthdate=birth date and age|1941|8|17
Los Angeles Dodgers
Runs batted in
Los Angeles Dodgers(by|1977)
* 4x All-Star selection (1968, 1969, 1970, 1971)
World Serieschampion (1966, 1970)
AL Comeback Player of the Year(1966, 1975)
John Wesley Powell (born
August 17, 1941, in Lakeland, Florida) is a former first basemanin Major League Baseballwho played for the Baltimore Orioles(1961-74), Cleveland Indians(1975-76) and Los Angeles Dodgers(1977). He batted left-handed and threw right-handed.
Powell currently owns Boog's Barbecue, which sells
barbecuesandwiches and ribs along Eutaw Streetat Oriole Park at Camden Yardsand along the Boardwalk in Ocean City, Maryland. Boog Powell is an avid angler, kicking off the Maryland Fishing season with the governor.
Powell joined the Orioles after leading the
International Leaguein home runs at Rochester in by|1961, and spent his first three seasons as a slow-footed third baseman and left fielder before switching to first base in by|1965. Offensively, he was an immediate success, hitting 25 home runs in by|1963, then leading the American Leaguein slugging percentage (.606) in by|1964 while blasting a career-high 39 home runs despite missing several weeks because of a broken wrist. He slumped to .248 with 17 home runs in 1965, then won the American League Comeback player of the Year honors in by|1966 (.287, 34 home runs, 109 runs batted in) while being hampered by a broken finger.
Baltimore's Glory Years
In 1966, Powell led the Orioles to the
1966 World Series, and there they surprised the baseball world by sweeping the mighty Los Angeles Dodgers in four games to become baseball's world champions.
Before the by|1968 season, Powell lamented, "once, just once, I'd like to through a whole season without an injury," and he did just that, playing over 150 games each of the next three seasons. In by|1969 he hit a career-high .304 with 37 home runs and 121 runs batted in, and in by|1970 he was the American League Most Valuable Player, narrowly missing a .300 average on the last day of the season and hitting 35 home runs with 114 runs batted in. In the
1970 World Series, Powell homered in the first two games as the Orioles defeated the Cincinnati Redsin 5 games. Prior to the by|1971 season, Powell appeared on the cover of Sports Illustratedfor the 1971 baseballpreview issue. Powell helped Baltimore to a third straight World Series that year, blasting a pair of home runs in game two of the American League Championship Seriesagainst the up-and-coming Oakland Athletics, but he hit only .111 in the 1971 World Seriesas Baltimore lost to the Pittsburgh Piratesin seven games.
Calling It A Career
Powell had been an
American League all-starfor four straight years (1968-1971). However, Oriole manager Earl Weaverbelieved in making liberal use of the platoon system, and in 1973 and 1974, Powell fell victim to it, limiting his at-bats in both years. The aging slugger was traded to Cleveland with Don Hoodfor Dave Duncan and a minor leaguer before the by|1975 season, affording Powell the chance once again to play every day. He responded well to the challenge, hitting .297 with 129 hits and 27 home runs for the Indians that year (his highest marks since 1970), plus fielding his position at a .997 clip. But he hit only nine home runs in by|1976 and none as a pinch-hitterfor the Dodgers in by|1977 and was released August 31, by|1977.
In a 17-season career, Powell posted a .266
batting averagewith 339 home runs and 1187 RBI in 2042 games. Powell hit three home runs in a game three times, and was second only to Eddie Murrayon the Orioles all-time home run list before Cal Ripken Jr.surpassed Powell in by|1998.
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