Saturday, April 11, 2015

TRADED: 1978 AL OLIVER

Let's go and give one of my favorite underrated stars of the 1970's, Al Oliver, a "Traded" card in the 1978 set:


Traded over to the Texas Rangers in a multi-player, multi-team blockbuster in December of 1977, Oliver would not disappoint in his four years in Arlington.
Topping .300 each and every year there, Oliver would garner two Silver Slugger Awards as well as two all-star team selections before moving on to Montreal, where he'd continue his assault on Major League pitchers before retiring after the 1985 season.
By the time his 18-year career was over, he racked up 2743 hits, 1189 runs scored, 529 doubles, 219 homers, 1326 runs batted in and a nice .303 batting average.
He batted .300 or more eleven times during his career, twice topped 200 hits (once in each league), took home a batting title in 1982 along with leading the league in hits, doubles and R.B.I.'s, and was named to seven all-star teams.
In my book he was also robbed of a Rookie of the Year Award in 1969 (losing out to the Dodgers' Ted Sizemore), and the fact that he was "one and done" as far as Hall of Fame voting in 1991 when he garnered only 4.3% of the vote is a joke.
But when your prime was during the era of Rose, Bench, Reggie, Carew et al, you can see how he flew under the radar I guess…

3 comments:

  1. Oliver already has a '78 Topps card as a Texas Ranger in the Burger King set, but this version is better -- mostly because it's an action shot.

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  2. Great card. Very underrated and under appreciated in his time. I think his HR numbers hurt his status a little but he was truly a hitting machine. Should have been given more consideration for the Hall. Playing in places like Texas and Montreal did not help.

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  3. Yes! He plays in Boston or New York, he's already in.

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