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Power
2005-11-29 15:20
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

I had long heard of Vic Power's fielding prowess, but I had never seen him interviewed and really gotten a sense of his personality until I finally got around to watching last summer's Viva Baseball documentary, focusing on the history of Latin players, on Sunday. It was a compelling program (and surprisingly poignant considering it aired on the decidedly unpoignant Spike TV), and Power's exuberance was one of the best parts.

And just like that, two days later, he is gone. Gone too soon, for me, in more ways than one.

I've been following the chat thread on Power, born Victor Felipe Pellot Pove, at Baseball Think Factory, and learning more about his status as a cult hero. In fact, Eric Enders there recommends a book, Cult Baseball Players, that I have not been aware of, saying that it "contains an interview with Power in the back of the book that is the best ballplayer interview I've ever read, period."

Bruce Markusen adds:

We do know that Power has left a pretty strong legacy in several different ways:

a) he was a terrific defender at first, the best ever according to some who saw him play
b) he was a wonderfully colorful character, both during and after his playing days
c) he's remembered as one of the greatest players in the history of Puerto Rico; if you make Orlando Cepeda the DH, Power would make a good selection at first base for an all-Puerto Rican team

Regardless of whether you prefer talking about baseball history or current-day events, the passing of Power is both significant and sad.

Comments
2005-11-29 15:45:15
1.   RELX
Vic Power was interviewed in Jackie Robinson's book Baseball Has Done It, which was re-released earlier this year. The book is a series of interviews that JR conducted in the mid-1960s with famous ballplayers of the era about their feelings on baseball and integration. Really interesting and honest stuff. I think Spike Lee did the intro--
2005-11-29 15:46:41
2.   Philip Michaels
There's also some excellent Vic Power material in "We Played the Game," also from "Cult Baseball Players author Danny Peary.

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