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.


  1. The 1969 LCS was exciting, tension fulled (for the first two games) series. This series was one of the most lopsided ever. The only fortunate thing was that it played in a half full stadium. Unfortunately it was the start of the swan song for Twins playoff hopes for over 25 years.

    Note on Carew: He had missed 2/3 of the season with an ankle injury. He was just coming back. I personally think team would never bring out an injured star player in a lopsided game that pretty much over in the 4th inning.

  2. Woah... Dick Hall had a hit too!