Before he became a BBQ legend, Boog Powell was a mainstay of the great Baltimore Oriole teams of the 1960's and 1970's. Along with Hall of Famers Brooks and Frank Robinson, he was a significant and powerful part of 2 Orioles World Series winners. He was 4-time All-Star won the American League's Most Valuable Player award in 1970.
However, Oriole manager Earl Weaver's use of the platoon system started making his at-bats disappear. In 1973 Powell only got 103 starts at first and in 1974 it was down to 94. Prior to the start of the 1975 season, the aging slugger was traded to Cleveland with Don Hood for Dave Duncan and a minor leaguer. Reunited with former teammate turned player/manager Frank Robinson, Boog got the chance to play every day. He responded well, hitting .297 with 129 hits and 27 home runs (his highest marks since 1970), plus fielding his position at a .997 clip.
Topps only produced an Orioles version of his 1975 card.