New York Yankees rookie Gleyber Torres became the youngest American League player to homer in four consecutive games on Friday. The 21-year-old second baseman beat the O’s best effort by roughly a year.
Boog Powell became the youngest Orioles batter to homer in four consecutive games during the 1964 season. The then 22-year-old Powell actually hit five home runs in a four-game stretch from June 2 through June 6, 1964, thanks to a multi-homer game versus the Kansas City Athletics on June 3.
(Manny Machado had just turned 23 when he homered in four consecutive games in 2015, in case you were wondering.)
Powell’s first home run on June 3, 1964, came against the Athletics’ Diego Segui. Segui’s son, David, would later play eight seasons with the Baltimore Orioles. Powell finished with four career home runs against the elder Segui, which tied for second-most allowed by the Cuban pitcher. Roger Maris belted five career long balls off Segui.
Powell had four multi-homer games during the 1964 season, including a three-homer day on June 27 versus the Washington Senators. He finished the year with a career-best 39 home runs, which is currently tied for ninth in the O’s single-season record book. Four of the O’s 40+ home-run seasons ahead of Powell have come since 2013 (Chris Davis in 2013 and 2015, Nelson Cruz in 2014, and Mark Trumbo in 2016).