Sunday, November 13, 2011

1975 Topps Traded Project: Boog Powell

Before he became a BBQ legend, Boog Powell was a mainstay of the great Baltimore Oriole teams of the 1960's and 1970's. Along with Hall of Famers Brooks and Frank Robinson, he was a significant and powerful part of 2 Orioles World Series winners. He was 4-time All-Star won the American League's Most Valuable Player award in 1970.

However, Oriole manager Earl Weaver's use of the platoon system started making his at-bats disappear. In 1973 Powell only got 103 starts at first and in 1974 it was down to 94. Prior to the start of the 1975 season, the aging slugger was traded to Cleveland with Don Hood for Dave Duncan and a minor leaguer. Reunited with former teammate turned player/manager Frank Robinson, Boog got the chance to play every day. He responded well, hitting .297 with 129 hits and 27 home runs (his highest marks since 1970), plus fielding his position at a .997 clip.

Topps only produced an Orioles version of his 1975 card.


Fleerfan said...

Great looking card! Poor Boog - he had to wear the all orange Oriole uniform in 1971

and then went to Cleveland and had to wear the all red uniform as seen on your card.

Johngy said...

Any idea on the catcher?

Dick Allen Hall of Fame said...

Looks like an Orioles catcher to me.

In 1975 the O's primary catcher was Dave Duncan. They also played Elrod Hendricks, Andy Etchebarren, Jim Hutto, and one game by Tom Shopay. In 1976 it was Duncan, Hendricks, and another single game by Tom Shopay.

It is not Hendricks.
It doesn't look like Duncan or Etchebarren.

After looking a pics, I thought it might be Shopay, but he only played one game behind the plate each season, neither was in cleveland.

Hutto's pic shows him with much lighter hair... but in 1975 he did play a game at catcher against the Indians in Cleveland (September 10, Game 2 of a double header) AND Boog was in the lineup.

I am going with Jim Hutto.

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