Cooperstown Chronicles – Boog Powell

Mar 31, 2008

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Boog Powell was suggested by Favre_is_overrated_2007, a friend of mine from Sporting News.  Here are my findings. 

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The Numbers
2042 Games
6681 At Bats  
.266 Batting Average
889 Runs 
1776 Hits 
270 Doubles 
11 Triples
339 Home Runs (82nd All-time)
1187 RBI 
3085 Total Bases 

Playoffs:  33 games, 33 hits in 126 at bats, 17 runs, 4 doubles, 6 HRs, and 18 RBI.

1970 MVP
4 All-Star Appearances
MVP Votes in 6 Seasons

Top Ten Finishes
Batting Average – Three times
On-base % – Four times 
Slugging % - Five times (Led league in 1964)
OPS – Five times
Runs - Four times
Hits – Once
Doubles – Five times
Home Runs – Seven times
RBI – Seven times
Walks – Five times
Total Bases – Three times
Intentional Walks -Nine times
Extra-base  Hits – Three times
I’ll give him credit for a cool name.  He had some great seasons.  Four seasons he hit 35+ HRs (when 35 HRs were a big deal) and drove in 100+ in three years.  His finest stretch was 1969 & 1970 when he averaged .300, 36 HRs, 118 RBIs.  I’m afraid his highs weren’t enough to get him into Cooperstown.  He never scored 90 runs, he never had 170 hits, and while he displayed good HR power he never had 30 doubles.  While, I’d love to try his Boog’s BBQ, I can’t justify placing him in the Hall of Fame.


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4 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Larry Novak
    March 31st, 2008 at 3:19 pm #

    Well Boogs BBQ is worthy of the HOF of food. (I have had some the past Two Years),
    He is a Baltimore O’s HOFer
    But not quite good enough of THE HALL OF FAME.

  2. Ryan Lester
    March 31st, 2008 at 10:36 pm #

    Thanks for the update on the grub. Totally agree with your assessment on Boog.

  3. BraystreetLad
    December 30th, 2008 at 11:59 am #

    On July 6,1969,my 16th birthday,”The Boog”cleared the Tiger Stadium
    right-field roof off Denny McLain,though Denny pitched a 5-4 complete-
    game victory over the Orioles.Powell was A.L. MVP in ’70,and had some
    other great years(and could REALLY mash),but was not quite a Hall Of
    Famer.(Though he has a cool nickname,supposedly makes great barbeque,
    and at 6’4”,280 lb.,was the same size as my best bud,Jamie Logsdon.

  4. LestersLegends
    December 30th, 2008 at 12:06 pm #

    Thanks for sharing Bray. I would like to try that BBQ.

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