Since he started smacking long balls for the Baltimore Orioles, John "Boog" Powell has enjoyed the gustatory delights of his adopted hometown. A four-time All-Star and a fixture in two World Series, Boog also knows how to make one heck of a pit beef sandwich. Backyard barbecues at Boog's Baltimore row house were once a post-game tradition for the team. After hanging up his spikes, the former MVP set up his now iconic barbecue operation at Camden Yards. Baltimore author Rob Kasper takes a behind-the-scenes look at the life of this smoky slugger from his Florida boyhood through his rise to major-league glory and beyond. Told in Boog's colorful style, this rollicking journey is spiced with recipes and topped off with interviews from former teammates like Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson and Jim Palmer.
, black & white illustrations
, black & white illustrations
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Thomas Boswell once wrote "Who knows how many cows have died to satisfy Boog Powell's appetite?" - that sentiment can be extended to include the millions who have visited Boog's Barbeque and keep coming back for more. I have been a Boog Powell fan since he started with the O's. I bought this book thinking I might get some insight into how to make the pit beef sandwich that helped me recover when the O's moved from Memorial Stadium to Camden Yards in '92. No secrets are revealed, because it takes a love of food and years of practice to become a pitmaster and Boog is a veteran on both counts, 'nuf said. Boog is a living, breathing human interest story `and that's reason enough to buy this book. As for me, it's back to practice at my barbeque pit with a bucket of ice cold National Bo and the O's playing on the internet (sigh) "radio"
Very entertaining book by who I feel is one of baseball's most overlooked stars of the past. Written in a warm, entertaining style, any baseball fan would appreciate Boog's anecdotal stories of events that took place on and off the field. Clearly, a kind and lovable person, the big man was a key cog in the Orioles' powerhouse teams of the 60's and early 70's. A credible argument can be made for his induction into Baseball's Hall of Fame. Can't wait to try some of the recipes!
Worth the wait. Seller very classy!
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