Orioles Card "O" the Day

An intersection of two of my passions: baseball cards and the Baltimore Orioles. Updated daily?

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Boog Powell, 1991 Swell Baseball Greats #74

In the aftermath of the Phillies' five-game shellacking of the Dodgers in the NLCS last week, I heard a bit of trivia that had previously escaped my attention. When Philadelphia second baseman Chase Utley drew a walk early in Game Five, he tied the record for reaching base in the most consecutive postseason games. It was his 25th straight, and it tied a mark that had been unmatched for 38 years. The previous record holder was your friend and mine, Mr. John Wesley Powell. Of course, Boog did the deed in the first 25 games of his postseason career, whereas Chase was shut out in his postseason debut before picking up the slack in game number two. The slugging first baseman victimized pitchers such as Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale, Tom Seaver, and Catfish Hunter. Chutley's hit list isn't nearly so gaudy, but I suppose he'll get the last laugh if he can scratch out a hit or a walk in the first game of this year's World Series...whenever that may be.

If you'd like to see more statistical heavy lifting on this subject, check out the edifying Roar from 34 blog.


William said...

I like this post for 2 reasons: first, I have this card, and second, I heard this stat while watching the game and thought of this page.

Kevin said...

William - Apparently red and yellow are a color combination that is supposed to induce hunger (think of McDonald's). Does it make you hungry when you stare at that card? I kind of want some BBQ.

William said...

I've actually eaten at Boog Powell's stand at Camden Yards -- great stuff. Beats the pants off of Mike Schmidt's Hoagies.