Throughout the 2016 season Roar from 34 will use Flashback Fridays to remember the 1966 Baltimore Orioles and to honor the 50th anniversary of the franchise’s first World Series title. See the previous installments here.
Mookie Betts had himself a series in Baltimore, with three homers on Tuesday and two homers on Wednesday. His efforts inspired my post earlier this week about three-homer games at Memorial Stadium and Camden Yards. It also got me to wondering if any Orioles batter ever had that kind of effort at Fenway Park. The answer is yes, and fittingly it happened in 1966.
Boog Powell had himself a series in Boston in August 1966.
First, Powell had a three-homer game at Fenway Park on Aug. 15, 1966, to power the O’s to a 4-2 win versus the Red Sox. His final home run came in the top of the 11th inning to give the Orioles the victory. He was clutch again the following day, hitting a three-run homer in the ninth inning on Aug. 16, 1966, to tie a game the O’s won 6-4.
So that’s four homers in two games with half of the home runs coming in the ninth inning or later.
Powell finished the 1966 season with 34 home runs. He was third in MVP voting behind his teammates, Frank Robinson and Brooks Robinson. Yup, Orioles players went 1-2-3 in MVP balloting.