Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

MICKEY FURFARI

August 27, 2013

Column: Popovich played 11 years in Major Leagues

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MORGANTOWN —

With a part of his signing bonus, Paul bought a house for his parents in Morgantown. His father was ill and that located him closer to the WVU Hospital.

“I was happy I had the opportunity to help my parents,” Popovich said.

After about five years playing second base and shortstop in the minor leagues, Popovich played six years in two separate stints with the Cubs. In between, he spent about two seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers and finally a couple of years with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

In all, he played 11 years in the Major Leagues. He retired in the fall of 1975 after the Pirates put him on waivers.

Probably his biggest highlight of his outstanding career came in being a major contributor to Hall of Famer Don Drysdale’s Major League records of pitching 58 2/3 scoreless innings for the Dodgers.

In speaking about that rare feat publically, Drysdale mentioned only Popovich as a key contributor.

“I did come up with some big defensive plays during that stretch, Popovich admitted. “An eyelash made the difference in one of the biggest third-outs.”

Paul and wife Susan have two grown sons and three grandchildren

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