John Wesley (Boog) Powell… looks so WRONG wearing a red Indians uniform. In 13+ years with the Orioles, he was the 1970 AL MVP, a four-time All-Star and a key part of the Orioles championship teams of the 1960’s and early 1970’s. After the 1974 season he was traded to Cleveland to be reunited with Indians manager Frank Robinson, and he proceeded to win the 1975 AL Comeback Player Of The Year award.
Boog is a member of the Orioles’ Hall Of Fame, and operates Boog’s BBQ, which is a fixture at Camden Yards.
In 1976, Boog… battled a leg injury and put up career-low numbers in games played, homers, RBI and batting average.
Shea-o-meter: Many of the photos in 1976 SSPC were taken in Shea Stadium; Every team came through Shea because the Yankees were temporarily playing in Shea while Yankee Stadium was being renovated. “Can two Major League teams share a ballpark without driving each other crazy?”
Some of you may think this is odd given how little background there is in the photo, but this is definitely Shea. Between Boog’s hands and body you can see the visitor’s bullpen, and some trees and lights from the Shea parking lot.
Pretty sure it’s Shea: 7
Can’t tell: 10
Not Shea: 6
SSPC vs. the other 1976 baseball cards: Boog was represented in Topps, Hostess and Kellogg’s. Topps, SSPC and Kellogg’s all showed him in a red jersey; Hostess showed him in blue.