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Janet 'Jan' Powell, real estate agent, mother and 'baseball wife' of Orioles' Boog Powell, dies

Janet 'Jan' Powell, real estate agent, mother and 'baseball wife' of Orioles' Boog Powell, dies

Baltimore Orioles legend John “Boog” Powell was on a double date in Rochester, N.Y., in 1961 when he met Janet Swinton. She was shy and pretty, he recalls, and had a great figure.

Just one awkward thing: She was on the date with his buddy.

“We gotta do a switcheroo,” he remembers telling his friend.

They did, and Ms. Swinton and Mr. Powell dated the rest of the summer while the future Orioles first baseman was playing with the Rochester Red Wings. They married on July 9, 1962.

“I couldn’t have asked for anybody better to share my life with,” said Mr. Powell, her husband of 56 years. “I loved her with all my heart and I still do.”

Janet “Jan” Swinton Powell, a...

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