Tuesday, July 30, 2013
no. 195 - 1970 a.l. playoffs, game 1
Who is the man: The man mentioned on this card is the Orioles' Boog Powell, who went 2-for-5 and hit a home run in the first game of the 1970 A.L. Championship Series against the Twins. Boog is the gentleman on the right.
Can ya dig it: I absolutely love the ALCS and NLCS cards in this set. The bright red, yellow and blue lettering on a black background, and the photos filtered in yellow (A.L.) and red (N.L.) captured my imagination when I first saw these as a kid. They were among the most coveted cards for me in the set.
Right on: Powell is being greeted by fellow Oriole Frank Robinson (who would strike out) as Twins catcher George Mitterwald looks on. The home plate umpire is Johnny Stevens and I'm guessing the other guy is the bat boy.
You see this cat Powell is a bad mother: The Orioles won the game 10-6. Powell was one of three Orioles to hit a home run in the fourth inning.
Shut your mouth: Powell was not the story in this game. The story was Orioles pitcher Mike Cuellar, who punctuated the Orioles' seven-run fourth with a grand slam home run, which turned his team's lead from 3-2 to 7-2.
No one understands him but his woman: Mitterwald was 3-for-4 with two RBIs in this game for the Twins, but it didn't mean a thing.
(A word about the back): Rod Carew, a mere pinch-hitter.