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Date and Place of Birth: July 14, 1914 Dinuba, California
Died: May 23, 2008 Reedley, California
Military Unit: 689th Field Artillery Battalion US Army
Area Served: European Theater of Operations
Lawrence M “Larry” Powell was
born on July 14, 1914 in
In 1938, the left-hander
In November 1939, Powell and
Dom DiMaggio were sold to the Boston Red Sox. While DiMaggio made
his debut with the major league club, Powell spent the season with
He entered military service on
July 9, 1941 and served as a first-sergeant with the 689th
Field Artillery Battalion. In July 1944, the 689th Battalion was
deployed to the
Powell was back with the San
Francisco Seals after being discharged from the Army at the end of
1945, and the Seals assigned him to
Powell continued to pitch in the minor leagues until 1954 then spent the rest of his working years farming. He was inducted into the Fresno Athletic Hall of Fame in 1972 and the Reedley High School Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000.
Larry Powell passed away on
May 23, 2008 in
Thanks to Jack Morris for help with this biography.
Created May 30, 2008.
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