Monday, January 22, 2007

Grover Powell

I know that you might not know who Grover Powell was but he is one of the best pitchers ever for the University of Pennsylvania (1966 grad). He is a interesting character because in his sophomore season which was 1962, he went 4-0 with 166 strikeouts which led the nation that season. He was kicked off the team before his junior season by future NBA player/coach/GM Jack McCloskey for basically being an odd character. He ended up turning pro with the New York Mets. He had one tremendous start against the Phillies and in his next appearance was struck int he face by a line drive off a bat. He recovered but never won another game. He died in 1985 after being diagnosed with acute leukemia. A very nice article abotu him is available here.

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