In 1964 Baltimore's John (Boog) Powell led the league in slugging (.606), hit 39 home runs, drove in 99 runs, batted .290 and was one of the key men in the Orioles' third-place finish. But in 1965 his hitting fell off so badly (17 homers, 72 RBIs, .248 BA) that he didn't recover until May 20, 1966. On that date he was batting only .180, with five homers and 14 RBIs. Then Boog began to go, and things started to bubble in Baltimore. In 56 games Powell batted .376 (jumping his season mark to .302), hit 14 home runs and accumulated 53 runs batted in. In one doubleheader he drove in 11 runs—four in the first game and seven of the eight runs Baltimore scored in the second. The Orioles moved into first place, and by All-Star time they had an eight-game lead over the second-place Detroit Tigers. A big factor in his improvement, according to Boog, was Baltimore Coach Gene Woodling. "Everybody was telling me how to move my hands or change my stance. Gene told me not to listen—just go up and swing the bat." Said Woodling, "Telling Powell how to hit would be like telling Rocky Marciano or Joe Louis how to punch." Powell, who used to be harassed constantly about his weight, is up to 248 pounds compared to 241 in the spring, but no one is complaining, not even when he eats strawberry shortcake. Baltimore fans chant, "Boo-oog!" when he's going good, "Boo-oo!" when he's going bad. "They have that 'g' back in there again," Powell says happily.