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Encyclopedia > Tony Oliva
Tony Oliva
Outfielder/Designated hitter
Born: July 20, 1938 (1938-07-20) (age 69)
Batted: Left" Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 9, 1962
for the Minnesota Twins
Final game
September 29, 1976
for the Minnesota Twins
Career statistics
Batting average     .304
Home runs     220
RBI     947
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Tony Pedro Oliva (born Antonio Oliva Lopez Hernandes Javique on July 20, 1938 in Pinar del Río, Cuba) is a former Major League Baseball right fielder who played his entire career in the American League for the Minnesota Twins from 1962 to 1976. He batted left-handed and threw right-handed.[1] His career was hampered by knee injuries, forcing him to become a designated hitter during his final four years of professional baseball. Austin Kearns, an outfielder, catches a fly ball. ... This article or section needs additional references or sources to improve its verifiability. ... is the 201st day of the year (202nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... is the 252nd day of the year (253rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 6, 14, 29, 34, 42 Name Minnesota Twins (1961–present) Washington Nationals/Senators (1901-1960) Other nicknames The Twinkies Ballpark Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 1982-present Metropolitan Stadium (1961-1981) Griffith Stadium (1903-1960... is the 272nd day of the year (273rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 6, 14, 29, 34, 42 Name Minnesota Twins (1961–present) Washington Nationals/Senators (1901-1960) Other nicknames The Twinkies Ballpark Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 1982-present Metropolitan Stadium (1961-1981) Griffith Stadium (1903-1960... Batting average is a statistic in both cricket and baseball measuring the performance of cricket batsmen and baseball hitters, respectively. ... This article is about the baseball concept. ... In baseball statistics, a run batted in (RBI) is given to a batter for each run scored as the result of a batters plate appearance. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 6, 14, 29, 34, 42 Name Minnesota Twins (1961–present) Washington Nationals/Senators (1901-1960) Other nicknames The Twinkies Ballpark Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 1982-present Metropolitan Stadium (1961-1981) Griffith Stadium (1903-1960... The Major League Baseball All-Star Game is an annual exhibition baseball game between the best players from the National League and the American League. ... In Major League Baseball, the Rookie of the Year Award is given to the best first-year players in the American and National Leagues. ... The batting championship is awarded to the Major League Baseball player in each the American League and National League who has the highest batting average in a particular season. ... is the 201st day of the year (202nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... Pinar del Río is a city in Cuba. ... Major League Baseball (MLB) is the highest level of play in North American professional baseball. ... The position of the right fielder A right fielder, abbreviated RF, is the outfielder in baseball who plays defense in right field (e. ... American League The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 6, 14, 29, 34, 42 Name Minnesota Twins (1961–present) Washington Nationals/Senators (1901-1960) Other nicknames The Twinkies Ballpark Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 1982-present Metropolitan Stadium (1961-1981) Griffith Stadium (1903-1960... The following are the events of the year 1962 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 14 - Ted Turner completes the purchase of 100 percent of the Atlanta Braves. ... This article or section needs additional references or sources to improve its verifiability. ...

Contents

Journey to America

Oliva was born in the Cuban province on Pinar Del Rio. He played baseball weekly with his father, brothers, and neighbors in a vacant lot near the Olivas' farm. Oliva's father, a former semi-professional player, instructed him, helping him become the best hitter in Pinar Del Rio.[2] A scout for the Minnesota Twins noticed him and brought him to the United States to play professionally. He was reluctant to leave his mother, father, and nine siblings, but his father encouraged him to become "rich and famous" in America.[2] Pinar del Río is a city in Cuba. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 6, 14, 29, 34, 42 Name Minnesota Twins (1961–present) Washington Nationals/Senators (1901-1960) Other nicknames The Twinkies Ballpark Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 1982-present Metropolitan Stadium (1961-1981) Griffith Stadium (1903-1960...


Oliva appeared in the Twins' final three spring training games, collecting seven hits in ten at bats. The Twins, however, had already filled their minor league rosters and released Oliva.[2] Having nowhere else to go, Oliva traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina to train with a friend who played for a Minnesota Twins Class A farm team. His quick wrists, long frame, and "unharnessed power" impressed Charlotte manager Paul Howser. Howser placed a call and convinced the Twins to re-sign Oliva. Many newspapers reported that the 21 year old Tony Oliva was actually his 18 year old brother Pedro Oliva.[3] However, the name Tony stuck and Oliva continued using the name, even going as far to officially change his name to Tony Pedro Oliva in the late 1990s.[3] A Grapefruit League game at the LA Dodgers camp in Vero Beach, Florida In Major League Baseball, spring training is a series of exhibition games which precedes the regular season. ... In Major League Baseball history, Ty Cobb had a record 4,191 hits by 1928; Pete Rose would surpass it 57 years later, and finish with 4,256 career hits. ... In baseball statistics, an at bat (AB) is used to calculate other data such as batting average. ... Minor leagues in the sense intended in this article are professional sports leagues which are not regarded as the premier leagues in those sports. ... Nickname: Location in Mecklenburg County in the state of North Carolina Coordinates: , Country United States State North Carolina Counties Mecklenburg County, North Carolina Government  - Mayor Pat McCrory, (R) Area  - City  280. ... A farm team, or farm club, generally refers to a minor league baseball league in the United States which are at a lower pay level and play in smaller cities and towns than do Major League Baseball, and which are under the control of the two major leagues and are... For the band, see 1990s (band). ...


Minor league career

The Twins assigned Oliva to their Appalachian League team in Wytheville, Virginia, where he played in 64 games leading the league with a .410 batting average, though with a low fielding percentage of .854.[4] After finishing second to Orlando Cepeda in batting average in the Puerto Rico leagues in winter ball, Oliva was sent to Charlotte, where he played 127 games. He was called up to the major leagues with nine games left and debuted for the Twins September 9, 1962.[1] The following season he was invited to spring training with the Twins. The Twins' management hoped that Oliva would counterbalance their right-handed batters Bob Allison and Harmon Killebrew.[5] He became friends with his Cuban shortstop teammate Zoilo Versalles, who quickly became convinced that Oliva was "the new Ty Cobb," citing their similarities in hitting ability, speed, and arm strength.[5] However, Oliva failed to make the Twins major league team and was assigned to the Dallas-Fort Worth Rangers, their Class AAA affiliate in the Pacific Coast League. Disappointed, Oliva started the season slow, compiling a .235 average in his first two months.[5] He recovered, however, and finished the minor league season with a .304 batting average.[4] This earned him a call up for the final few games of the 1963 Major League season. The Appalachian League is a minor league baseball league which operates in the Virginia and Tennessee region. ... Wytheville is a town located in Wythe County, Virginia. ... Batting average is a statistic in both cricket and baseball measuring the performance of cricket batsmen and baseball hitters, respectively. ... In baseball statistics, fielding percentage, also known as fielding average, is a measure that reflects the percentage of times a defensive player handles a batted ball properly. ... Orlando Manuel Cepeda Penne (born September 17, 1937 in Ponce, Puerto Rico) is a former Major League Baseball first baseman and right-handed batter who played with the San Francisco Giants (1958–66), St. ... is the 252nd day of the year (253rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... William Robert Bob Allison (July 11, 1934 - April 9, 1995) was a Major League Baseball outfielder and right-handed batter who played in the American League for the Washington Senators and Minnesota Twins between 1958 and 1970. ... Harmon Clayton Killebrew (born June 29, 1936 in Payette, Idaho) is a former Major League Baseball player and member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. ... The position of the shortstop Shortstop, abbreviated SS, is the baseball fielding position between second and third base. ... Zoilo Casanova Versalles Rodriguez (December 18, 1939 - June 9, 1995) was a Cuban shortstop in Major League Baseball, considered to be a great fielder. ... Tyrus Raymond Ty Cobb (December 18, 1886 – July 17, 1961), nicknamed The Georgia Peach, was a Hall of Fame baseball player. ... The Dallas Rangers were a high-level minor league baseball team located in Dallas, Texas, from 1958-64. ... The Pacific Coast League (PCL) is a minor league baseball league operating in the West and Midwest of the United States. ...


Major league career

Oliva was selected as the 1964 Rookie of the Year, becoming the first player to win both the Rookie of the Year Award and American League batting title.[6] He led the AL in hits (217), doubles (43), extra base hits (84), total bases (374), runs (109), runs created (133), and batting average (.323). [7] Oliva finished fourth in MVP voting. The following are the baseball events of the year 1964 throughout the world. ... In Major League Baseball, the Rookie of the Year Award is given to the best first-year players in the American and National Leagues. ... American League The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ...


In 1965, Oliva won his second straight batting title with a .321 average. Only two other hitters reached the .300 mark: Carl Yastrzemski (.312) and Vic Davalillo (.301). Oliva added 16 home runs, 98 runs batted in, 107 runs. He led the AL in hits (185), runs created (108), sacrifice flies (10), and batting average (.321). He finished second in MVP voting to teammate and friend Zoilo Versalles. The following are the baseball events of the year 1965 throughout the world. ... Carl Michael Yaz Yastrzemski (pronounced ), i. ... Vic Davalillo [da-va-LEEL-lyo], born Víctor José Davalillo Romero (July 31, 1936 in Cabimas, Zulia State, Venezuela), is a former outfielder in Major League Baseball who played for the Cleveland Indians (1963-1968), California Angels (1968-69), St. ... This article is about the baseball concept. ... In baseball statistics, a run batted in (RBI) is given to a batter for each run scored as the result of a batters plate appearance. ... American League The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ... Zoilo Casanova Versalles Rodriguez (December 18, 1939 - June 9, 1995) was a Cuban shortstop in Major League Baseball, considered to be a great fielder. ...


The next year, 1966, Oliva was leading the league with .328 at the end of July, but a 3-for-30 slump in the middle of August cost him a chance at his third straight batting title. He finished with .309, second to Frank Robinson (.316). He lead the AL in hits for the third year in a row (191), won a Gold Glove, and finished sixth in MVP voting. This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 20 - The Baseball Writers Association of America voters elect Ted Williams to the Hall of Fame. ... This article is about the baseball player and manager. ... American League The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ... In American baseball, the Rawlings Gold Glove Award, usually referred to simply as the Gold Glove, is the award annually given to the Major League player judged to be the most superior individual fielding performance at each position (in each league), as voted by the managers and coaches in each...


In 1969, Oliva led the AL in hits (197), doubles (39), and third in batting average (.309). He led the AL in hits (204) for the fifth time in 1970. He also led the AL in doubles (36) for the fourth time, and finished second in MVP voting for the second time. The following are the baseball events of the year 1969 throughout the world. ... American League The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ... American League The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1970 throughout the world. ... American League The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ...


In 1971, Oliva won his third AL batting title with a .337 average and led the league in slugging percentage (.546). This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 31 - The new Special Veterans Committee selects seven men for enshrinement to the Hall of Fame: former players Dave Bancroft, Jake Beckley, Chick Hafey, Harry Hooper, Joe Kelley, Rube Marquard, and executive George Weiss. ... American League The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ...


The rest of the decade Oliva was hampered by knees, legs, and shoulder injuries. His roommate Rod Carew often heard Oliva "moaning and groaning" and getting up to obtain ice for his sore knees during the night.[8] He missed 34 games in 1968, rebounding the next two years with .309, 24 homers, 101 RBI, and .325, 23, 107, respectively. He missed all but ten games of the 1972 season, which required season-ending surgery. Due to injuries, he became the Twins' designated hitter, which had just been adopted by the American League. Throughout his career, Oliva possessed a "rather pleasant disposition" and was known as a positive influence in a team's clubhouse.[8] Rodney Cline Rod Carew (born October 1, 1945), is a former Major League Baseball player for the Minnesota Twins and California Angels from 1967 to 1985. ... This article or section needs additional references or sources to improve its verifiability. ...


In an article in 1976 in Esquire magazine, sportswriter Harry Stein published an "All Time All-Star Argument Starter," consisting of five ethnic baseball teams. Oliva, a Cuban, was the right fielder on Stein's Latin team. Esquire (abbreviated Esq. ...


Post-playing life

He currently resides in Bloomington, Minnesota and is married with three children.[9] location in Hennepin County, Minnesota Coordinates: Country United States State Minnesota County Hennepin Founded 1843 Incorporated 1858 Mayor Gene Winstead Area    - City 99. ...


Legacy

In his 15 season career, Oliva batted .304 with 220 home runs, 947 RBI , 870 runs, 1917 hits, 329 doubles, 48 triples, and 86 stolen bases in 1676 games.[1] Oliva was elected to the All Star game his first eight seasons, surpassing Joe DiMaggio's previous record of six. After retiring, he served as a batting coach for the Twins. His number #6 jersey was retired by Twins on July 14, 1991.[9] In baseball, a triple is the act of a batter safely reaching third base by striking the ball and getting to third before being made out, without the benefit of a fielders misplay (see error) or another runner being put out on a fielders choice. ... The all-time stolen base leader, Rickey Henderson, swipes third in 1988. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... In sports, a coach or manager is an individual involved in the direction and instruction of the on-field operations of an athletic team or of individual athletes. ... is the 195th day of the year (196th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ...


It is debated by many that Oliva deserves induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame because of his great offensive numbers in years that were heavily dominated throughout the league by great pitching, which make his consecutive batting titles even more impressive. In 1981, Lawrence Ritter and Donald Honig included him in their book The 100 Greatest Baseball Players of All Time. They explained what they called "the Smokey Joe Wood Syndrome," where a player of truly exceptional talent but a career curtailed by injury, in spite of not having had career statistics that would quantitatively rank him with the all-time greats, should still be included on their list of the 100 greatest players. Bill James, utilizing the Keltner list, determined that Oliva was a "viable Hall of Fame candidate", but ultimately, he did not endorse him as a Hall of Famer.[10] Several contemporaries have endorsed his enshrinement in the Hall of Fame, including Tony Pérez who mentioned in his 2000 induction speech that he hoped Oliva would soon be Hall of Fame.[11] The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 62 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests serving as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in the United States and beyond, the display of baseball-related... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Lawrence S. Ritter (1922 - 2004) was a writer whose specialty was baseball. ... Joe Wood on an American Tobacco Company baseball card, 1912 Joe Smoky Joe Wood (October 25, 1889 - July 27, 1985) was a Major League Baseball player for the Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians during the early part of the 20th century. ... George William “Bill” James (born October 5, 1949 in Holton, Kansas) is a baseball writer, historian and statistician whose work has been widely influential. ... The Keltner list is a systematic but non-numerical method for determining whether a baseball player is deserving of election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY[1]. It makes use of an inventory of questions (mostly yes-or-no format) regarding the merit of players relative... Atanasio Pérez Rigal, better known as Tony Pérez (born May 14, 1942 in Ciego de Ávila, Cuba), is a former player in Major League Baseball. ...


Highlights

  • 8-time All-Star (1964-71)
  • 5-time Top 10 MVP (1964-66, 1970-71)
  • MLB Rookie of the Year (1964)
  • The Sporting News' Rookie of the Year (1964)
  • 3-time won batting title (1964-65, 1971)
  • 8-time Top 10 in batting average (1964-71)
  • 5-time led league in hits (1964-66, 1969-70)
  • 4-time led league in doubles (1964, 1967-70)
  • 2-time led league in runs created (1964-65)
  • Led league in runs, total bases, and extra-base hits (1964)
  • Led league in sacrifice flies (1965)
  • Led league in intentional walks (1968)
  • Led league in slugging percentage (1971)
  • Led league in hit by pitch (1975)
  • Gold Glove Award (1966)
  • Tied MLB rookie record for total bases (374, 1964; shares record with Hal Trosky, Cleveland, 1934)
  • Only player in MLB history to win batting titles in his first two full seasons
  • Ranks 55th on MLB Career Intentional Walks List (131)
  • Holds Twins' single season Total Bases record (374, 1964)
  • Holds Twins' single season Extra-Base Hits record (84, 1964)
  • First designated hitter to hit a home run

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See also

In the sport of baseball, a home run is the act of hitting the ball in such a manner, whether out of the park or in (see inside the park home run), that allows the batter to safely reach home and score in one play. ... The batting championship is awarded to the Major League Baseball player in each the American League and National League who has the highest batting average in a particular season. ... Major League Baseball recognizes runs scored champions in the American League and National League each season. ... Listed below are the occurrences of Major League Baseball players who have hit three home runs in a single game. ... At the end of each Major League Baseball season, the league leaders of various statistical categories are announced. ...

References

  1. ^ a b c Tony Oliva Statistics. Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved on 2007-01-06.
  2. ^ a b c Peters, Alexander (1967). "Tony Oliva", Heroes of the Major Leagues. Random House, p. 130-132. 
  3. ^ a b Tony Oliva FAQ. Tony Oliva Official Web Site.
  4. ^ a b Tony Oliva Statistics. The Baseball Cube. Retrieved on 2007-01-14.
  5. ^ a b c Peters (134-135)
  6. ^ Povich, Shirley (1966). "The Minnesota Twins", in Ed Fitzgerald: The American League. Grosset & Dunlap, p. 120. 
  7. ^ [1] baseball-reference.com Tony Oliva
  8. ^ a b James, Bill (2003-04-06). "Right Field", The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract. New York: Free Press, p. 800. ISBN 0743227220. 
  9. ^ a b Retired Numbers: Tony Oliva. MLB.com. Retrieved on 2007-01-14.
  10. ^ James, Bill (1995). Whatever Happened to the Hall of Fame?:Baseball, Cooperstown, and the Politics of Glory. Simon & Schuster, pp. 275-285, 351-352. ISBN 978-0-684080088-2. 
  11. ^ Induction Speeches: Tony Perez. Baseball Hall of Fame. Retrieved on 2007-01-14.

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External links

  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference
  • Baseball Hall of Fame candidate profile
  • BaseballLibrary
Preceded by
Gary Peters
American League Rookie of the Year
1964
Succeeded by
Curt Blefary
Preceded by
Carl Yastrzemski
American League Batting Champion
1964-1965
Succeeded by
Frank Robinson
Preceded by
Alex Johnson
American League Batting Champion
1971
Succeeded by
Rod Carew

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