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Butler Powell inducted into New Orleans Professional Baseball Hall of Fame

Loyola press release - June 11, 2015

Former Loyola University New Orleans baseball player Butler Powell was inducted into the New Orleans Professional Baseball Hall of Fame on June 6. Powell and fellow inductees A.B. Freeman and David Malarcher were honored in a ceremony during the New Orleans Zephyrs’ game against the Nashville Sounds on Saturday.

Powell was the starting catcher for the Loyola baseball team from 1956 through 1960 under the leadership of head coach Louis “Rags” Scheuermann. During his time with the Wolf Pack, Loyola compiled a 46-24 record. He concluded the 1958-59 season with a .354 batting average and earned The Maroon’s Sports Citation Award. In Powell’s final season, the Pack finished with a 16-2 record. He later signed with the Milwaukee Braves and played six seasons of minor league baseball in the Braves organization before retiring.

A New Orleans native, Powell played baseball at St. Aloysius High School earning All-State honors prior to his time at Loyola.

Powell, Freeman and Malarcher join previously inducted C.J. Nitkowski as the newest members of the New Orleans Professional Baseball Hall of Fame.