CHARLESTON, WV (April 4, 2014) - On April 26, 2014, Watt Powell and Omar Moreno will be added to the Michael C. Paterno Charleston Baseball Wall of Fame at Appalachian Power Park. The West Virginia Power, a Class-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, conducted a fan vote to decide which two new members would be added.
Powell lead all nominees by receiving 36 percent of the votes during an online poll at the West Virginia Power website and through the club’s Twitter account. Powell helped construct two ballparks within the city limits between 1917 and 1949. He played ten season professionally before assisting in building Kanawha Park, and 31 years later, Watt Powell Park. The latter stadium served as the home park for baseball in Charleston until 2004.
Pittsburgh signed Moreno as a 16-year-old in 1969 and during his ascent to the Majors, he played portions of four seasons with the then Pirates Triple-A affiliate Charleston Charlies. During the fan vote, Moreno garnered 30 percent of the tallies. The outfielder hit .290 with the Charlies and stole 101 bases in 250 career games. Moreno made his Major League debut in 1975 and was an integral part of the Pirates 1979 World Series Championship team.
The West Virginia Power have reached out to Moreno to appear at Appalachian Power Park for the induction ceremony, tentatively slated for 6:30 on April 26 prior to a game against the Hagerstown Suns.
Rounding out the voting but falling just shy were nominees John Roper (24 percent), Yovani Gallardo (6) and John Candelaria (4). Over 1,000 fans voted during the two week poll. For more information, contact the Power front office at (304) 344-2287.