January 31, 1955
Ted Power was the perfect “put me in, coach” pitcher in the 1980s. Case in point: On April 20, 1983, Power entered a game against the Astros in the seventh inning and closed it out, earning his first of two saves that season. Less than two weeks later, Power earned his first victory on the strength of a complete game against the Phillies. Power appeared in 49 games that year for the Reds, starting six, finishing 14. In 1984 and 1985, Cincinnati utlizied him as a full-time reliever, and Power led the National League with 78 appearances in 1984 and saving 27 games in 1985. In 1987, though, with John Franco holding down the last few innings of games, Power found himself in the starting rotation. He collected ten victories in 34 starts that year, and was traded to the Royals with Kurt Stillwell for Danny Jackson and Angel Salazar during the off-season. He came back to the Reds in 1991, again in a bullpen role, appearing in 22 games. During his 13-year career, Power played for the Dodgers, Reds, Royals, Tigers, Pirates, Cardinals, Indians, and Mariners.
Power came back to the Reds last year as bullpen coach after spending several seasons with AAA Louisville Bats as pitching coach.
A stack of random Reds arrived in my mailbox today from the Night Owl…a perfect way to start the season. Well, a win plus baseball cards would be the perfect way. Night Owl and the Reds just worked together and made my day today.
Opening Day is a holiday in Cincinnati. I didn’t have to work today, but didn’t feel like going down to the park for the game. I’ve been watching a few innings here and there of some out-of-market games, and have listened to some of the Reds-Phillies broadcast, and I’m enjoying it all in my comfortable recliner.
I also enjoyed going through some of the cards that Greg sent. In addition to the Brandon Phillips, Mariano Duncan, Ted Power, and Chris Sabo cards above, Greg delivered Joey Votto, Zack Cozart, Jay Bruce, Rob Dibble, and more.
Thank you for the cards Greg! And now, if I could just find some time to update my wantlists…
My oldest son and I braved the winter storm to attend Redsfest Friday night, and loaded up on autographs! I was able to obtain four players that I did not previously have, and got three more cards signed for my 1984 Topps Reds team set autograph project!
If you want to see the scans of the autographs and some photos from the event, click on through…
Appearing at the same time as Ron Oester in the Reds Hall of Fame section at Redsfest was Ted Power, who won 47 games for the Reds from 1983-1987 and 1991. He was also traded with Kurt Stillwell to the Royals for Danny Jackson and Angel Salazar after the 1987 season, and currently serves as the pitching coach for the Louisville Bats.
I really don’t have a story to tell about Power. He was never one of the guys I followed closely, and honestly don’t remember much about him. Looking at his B-R page, it appears he was more effective out of the bullpen, but he was never overpowering (no pun intended).
The card I chose for Power’s signature was the 1986 Texas Gold team issue, the third card I’ve had signed from this set (Tom Browning and Mario Soto were the others). I may chase more autographs for these cards next year; they are simple with nice action photographs for the time, especially for a stadium giveaway set.
Joshua picked the 1987 Topps card because of the design…he loves the wood border.
I will post photos and scans of autographs later because I really want to go to bed right now…but I had a great time! Signatures were secured from Tom Browning, Todd Frazier, Eric Davis, Ron Oester, Ted Power, Chuck Harmon and Bronson Arroyo! GREAT NIGHT!
Ted Power, the last card in the Reds team set for Starting Lineup Talking Baseball. Another guy who is still with the Reds organization, even though his playing career is over. Power currently serves as the pitching coach for the Louisville Bats, the Reds’ AAA team. He was also involved in that trade that sent Stillwell to the Royals and brought Danny Jackson to the Queen City for the 1988 season. Power came back to Cincinnati as a free agent in 1991.