John Wesley "Boog" Powell
Boog Powell first came on to the national baseball scene when he played in the 1954 Little League World Series. Now, Boog was a pitcher then, and in those days they had no limits on how often kids could pitch. Boog had pitched in eleven games in only a few weeks, and by the time the title game came around, he was worn out. He gave up 16 runs and took the loss.
By the time he made it to the Major Leagues in 1961, he’d become an everyday player, and soon developed into one of the most feared hitters in the American League. It was his good fortune to play on Earl Weaver’s Baltimore Orioles teams with players such as Brooks Robinson and Jim Palmer.
After falling to the Miracle Mets in 1969, Baltimore made it back to the series in 1970, led by Boog’s 35 home runs and 114 RBI. He hit two more dingers in the series, and Baltimore brought home the World Championship. For his stellar play, Powell was rewarded with the MVP.
Boog Powell played a total of 17 years in the big leagues, fourteen of those with Baltimore. Today he operates a barbecue stand at Camden Yards. One of the most beloved Orioles, he says he still signs about 500 autographs a night.