Player Spotlight: Doc Powers

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The name Michael Riley “Doc” Powers may not always be familier with collectors, but he does hold his place in baseball history.  He was born on September 22, 1870 in Pittsfield, MA and played catcher for a variety of teams such as Louisville Colonels, Washington Senators, Philadelphia Athletics, and the New York Highlanders.  Powers career stats amounted to a .216 BA, 4 HR, and 199 RBI’s.  In 1909, Powers crashed into a wall while trying to catch a pop-up and two weeks later he passed away because of the fatal injuries.  He was the first baseball player to pass away from an on-field injury.  The only other time this happened was with Ray Chapman in 1920.  

Doc Powers didn’t have many cards made at all.  He has a 1903-04 Breisch-Williams E107 #125, and a card in the famous T206 set.  He would definitely be an interesting player to have a relic and/or cut signature card made of.

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2 Responses

  1. Doc Powers also has a 1909 t206 card. There are a few available on ebay as we speak.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/1910-T206-Mike-Powers-PSA-2-6873_W0QQitemZ200293874233QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUS_SM_Sports_Cards?hash=item200293874233&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1205|66%3A2|65%3A12|39%3A1|240%3A1318|301%3A1|293%3A1|294%3A50

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