Al Oliver Celebrity Life
Al Oliver's full name is Albert Oliver Jr. He played baseball both a first baseman and as an outfielder. Al had a career that spanned almost 18 years, During that time he played for the Pittsburgh Pirates and other teams including the Texas Rangers. His nickname during the time was "scoop" and he was a left-handed batter and thrower.
A career as Baseball Player
Oliver's started his career in 1964. He had to wait for years to be promoted to the major league. His promotion in 1968. That is September 14, 1968. In his rookie season, he had played only four games and had a batting average of .285 that included 17 home runs as well as driving 70 runs. In the voting for 1969, National League Rookie of the Year Oliver was second.
The following year his batting average was .270 and he got the fifth position in the National League. He took part in seven sacrifice flies. As per hit by a pitch he was second with 14 hits. During the previous year, he was placed fourth. During that period Pittsburgh Pirates managed to win the National League East title. This was the first time he won this title since winning the 1960 world series. Unfortunately, the Cincinnati Reds beat them in the 1970 National League Championship Series.
History was created on the 1st of September 1971 when the Pirates had fielded the first all-black line-up for the game. The team included Rennie Stennett, Roberto Clemente, Dave Cash, Dock Ellis, and other players. In that season Oliver had a batting average of .282. This average was largely thanks to the seven triples, 31 doubles as well as five hit-by-pitches and 10 sacrifice flies. The Pirates won the 1971 National League Championship Series by beating the San Francisco Giants. They beat Baltimore Orioles in seven games to win the world series. During this time Oliver was the team's regular central fielder.
Oliver improved his batting average to .312 the following year. He got his first all-star game after being placed in the seventh position in the National League voting for the Most Valuable Player. During the 1972 season, he had hit 12 home runs and had an RBI of 89. His run score for that year was 88 and his total run score was 176.
In 1973 Oliver's batting average dropped to .292 but the number of home runs he hit improved to 20 and the number of runs he drove also improved to 99. As far as the hits were concerned he was among the league leaders. Fifth position in the NL for hits (191) and total bases (303). When it came to double he was second (38). As for sacrifice flies and triples he was third (nine) and eighth (7) respectively. He also had 65 extra-base hits. That was the year when the Pirates won the NL East title for the third consecutive year. However, in the NLCS they were beaten by the Reds 3 to 2.
The following year Oliver's batting average improved to .321 and it included 198 hits and 12 triples and 38 doubles. Again that year the Pirates won the NL East title but lost to the Dodgers in the NLCS. The Pirates offense got the name the "Pittsburgh Lumber Company" and they led the league both in terms of hits (1560) and the team batting average (.274).
Oliver continued to play for the Pirates till 1977 when he was traded to the Texas Rangers along with Nelson Norman. His batting average while playing for the Rangers was greater than 0.3. He won two of his Silver Slugger awards while playing for the Rangers. It was during this period that he set the American League record for doubleheaders (21 bases).
In 1982 he was traded to the Montreal Expos so that the Rangers could have Larry Parrish and Dave Hostetler. While playing for the Expos he won his third Silver Slugger award.
Unfortunately, he was traded to the Giants, Phillies, Dodgers, and finally the Blue Jays during the 1984-85 period. In his final season, he had a batting average of .375.
AL Oliver had claimed that he was forced to retire thanks to collusion among the owners of the baseball teams. Had he not been forced to retire he would have got a place in the baseball hall of fame.
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