Boog Powell 1970 AL MVP Balltimore Orioles Autographed Signed OAL Baseball COA
~~Great looking single signed baseball by former Baltimore Orioles slugger...Boog Powell.
THIS ONE IS A BEAUTY!!
Boog began his career in 1961 with the Baltimore Orioles. Boog played for the Orioles 1961-74, Cleveland Indians 1975-76 and Los Angeles Dodgers 1977. Boog was named to four consecutive All-Star teams 1968-71, was named the 1970 American League Most Valuable Player, hit 3 HR's in a game on 3 different occassions and was a member of the 1966 and 1970 World Champion Baltimore Orioles. Boog signed the sweet spot of this OAL Gene A. Budig baseball with a blue ballpoint pen and he also inscribed, “70 AL MVP”, on the ball to note his accomplishment. He signed this baseball on Sunday July 8, 2001.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia...
John Wesley Powell (born August 17, 1941 in Lakeland, Florida) is a former first baseman in Major League Baseball who 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 barbecue sandwiches and ribs along Eutaw Street at Camden Yards and along the Boardwalk in Ocean City, Maryland.
Powell joined the Orioles after leading the International League in home runs at Rochester in 1961, and spent his first three seasons as a slow-footed left fielder before switching to first base in 1965. Offensively, he was an immediate success, hitting 25 home runs in 1963, then leading the American League in slugging percentage (.606) in 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 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 4 games to become baseball's world champions.
Before the 1967 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 1969 he hit a career-high .304 with 37 home runs and 121 runs batted in, and in 1970 he was the American League Most Valuable Player, narrowly missing a .300 average on the last day of the season and hitting 35 more 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 Reds in 5 games. Prior to the 1971 seaon, Powell appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated for a 1971 baseball preview issue. When the regular season ended, 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 Series against the up-and-coming Oakland Athletics, but he hit only .111 in the 1971 World Series as Baltimore lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates in seven games.
Calling It A Career
The aging slugger was traded to Cleveland with Don Hood for Dave Duncan and a minor leaguer before the 1975 season, and he hit .297 with 27 home runs for the Indians that year, but he hit only nine home runs in 1976 and none as a pinch-hitter for the Dodgers in 1977.
In a 17-season career, Powell posted a .266 batting average with 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 Murray on the Orioles all-time home run list before Cal Ripken Jr. surpassed Powell in 1998.
Highlights 3-time All-Star (1969-71) American League MVP Award (1970) Led American League in slugging percentage (1964) 7-time Top 10 in HR (1964, 1966, 1968-70, 1972, 1975) 7-time Top 10 in RBI (1964, 1966, 1968-72) TSN Comeback Player of the Year Award (1966)
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