The next player in my ongoing 1975 “In-Action” sub-set is “Scoop” Al Oliver, one of my favorites from the era. A consistent all-star player who put together a wonderful 18-year Major League career:
When this card would have come out, Oliver just put together his finest
season yet in 1974, collecting 198 hits wit a .321 batting average while
knocking in 85 runs along with 96 runs scored and 61 extra base hits.
He would go on to have excellent seasons for the Pirates, Texas Rangers
and the Montreal Expos, for whom he had perhaps his best season in as a
Major League ballplayer in 1982 when he led the National League in
batting (.331), hits (204), doubles (43), total bases (317) and runs
batted in (109), finishing third in the MVP race while getting named to
his sixth All-Star team.
By the time he retired after the 1985 season (some say because of
collusion), he collected 2743 hits, 529 doubles, 219 homers and 1326
RBIs with a .303 lifetime average.
A quiet yet excellent career that should have gotten more than a 4.3%
showing in his first year of Hall eligibility in 1991, allowing him to
fall-off the ballot.
THAT is a crime in my book. Such a shame.