Former Guthrie resident Ted Power inducted to Kansas Sports Hall of Fame

When you look at the back of any of the Ted Power Major League baseball cards it reads Guthrie, Oklahoma as his birthplace. He now belongs to the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame.

Power, who now lives in Florida, grew up in Guthrie before moving away to Abilene, KS.

He was taken in the 1976 MLB Draft and selected in the fifth round by the Los Angeles Dodgers. He went on to play with eight professional teams during his 13-year career.

In 1984, he led the National League with 78 appearances while registering a career-high 27 saves the following season. Power finished his career 68-69 with a 4.00 ERA as he accumulated 701 strikeouts and 70 saves over 564 games.

After retiring from baseball, Power served as the pitching coach for the San Diego Padres affiliate in the Arizona Rookie League in 1996. The club won the league championship that year. In 2000 and 2001, Power was the pitching coach for the Reds’ Pioneer League team, the Billings Mustangs. In 2001, the team won the championship. In 2002, Power was the pitching coach for the Dayton Dragons. In 2016, he began his eleventh season as the pitching coach for the Louisville Bats, the Triple-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds. Later that year on July 4, he was promoted to bullpen coach for the Reds.

Before his professional career, Power was a three-time letter winner for Kansas State from 1974-1976. He was named to the K-State baseball All-Century Team in 2000.

He set a single-game record with 19 strikeouts against Wayne State on March 18, 1976 – a record that stands today – and led the team with a 2.34 ERA that season.

Power was enshrined in the hall on Sunday with several family members driving to the Kansas Star Casino for the ceremony.


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