Look Back: Baseball Star Ollie Powers OPC '56
Ted Silary, who among his many talents is a statistics star, supplies this baseball tidbit ...
Gotta wonder if any other high school pitcher, ever, anywhere, has accomplished the following feat. Especially as a soph and junior.
Here we go: In its final Inter-Ac game of the 1954 season, Penn Charter beat Malvern and soph righthander Ollie Powers recorded 18 strikeouts.
Those same teams met to start the 1955 I-A campaign and Powers mowed down 19.
That's 37 Ks, against the same opponent, in a league play closer, then opener. Downright amazing. Furthermore, he came within one strike of a perfect game in that second one until Dave Barry singled on a 3-2 count. Stick with us, folks. We're just getting warmed up (smile).
Not long ago I did PC baseball research as far back as 1928 and it showed that the Quakers were perfect in back-to-back Inter-Ac seasons just once. In 1954 and 1955. All Ollie Powers did was earn the win in all 20 games! He extended his Inter-Ac streak to 21 as PC defeated Germantown Academy, 2-1, in the '56 opener. He twirled a one-hitter and that hit was a homer.
The draft did not exist in those days and Powers signed a minor league deal with the Detroit Tigers on June 20, 1956. Stories written at the time said his overall pitching record at PC was 35-2.
According to www.baseball-reference.com, Powers pitched for two seasons in the minors, 1956 and '59. His record was 5-7. He was also a basketball star at PC, earning first team All-Inter-Ac honors in '55 and '56.
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