Fifty years ago Friday, the first-place Orioles defeated the California Angels, 2-1 on Boog Powell's walk-off home run before a jubilant 19,312 at Memorial Stadium.
"Marcelino Lopez threw a hanging curve," Powell recalled. "I just reached out, jerked that S.O.B. — and we went home."
It was another in a season of storybook victories for the 1966 Orioles, who went on to win it all. Prior to playing the Angels at Camden Yards on Friday night, the club will pay homage to that team, trotting out a number of players from Baltimore's first World Series champion in a pregame tribute.
Perhaps Powell would like to linger...