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How did Boog Sciambi get his nickname?

3 years agoTony Andracki

Jon Sciambi will become the new face and voice of Cubs broadcasts for the 2021 season.

However, that specific name might not be all that familiar to viewers, even after nearly three decades in the business.

That’s because Sciambi goes by “Boog” on almost every reference instead of his given name. But how did he get that moniker?

Sciambi’s first job in sports radio was working as a producer for a morning show on WQAM in Miami in 1993. The hosts of the show were former Dolphins tight end Joe Rose and Dave LaMont.

“Dave’s from Baltimore and he was a big Baltimore Orioles fan and I was probably even puffier than I am now and he said, ‘you look like Boog Powell,'” Sciambi recalled Monday, referencing the 1970 AL MVP and Orioles legend. “My mailbox said ‘Jon Sciambi.’ And when I came in the next morning, taped over ‘Jon Sciambi’ was ‘Boog Powell’ and that was it.

“Anybody from [age] 20 and on pretty much calls me ‘Boog.'”

Powell’s birth name was John Wesley Powell and he was given the nickname “Boog” by his father as a kid who had a knack for getting into trouble.

Powell played 17 years in the big leagues, 14 of which came with the Orioles. He hit 339 career home runs and won a pair of World Series (1966, 1970).

Sciambi went on to serve as the radio broadcaster of the Marlins from 1997-2004 before joining ESPN in 2005.

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