May 16, 2013, 1:05 pm
Al Oliver could just plain hit a baseball. In a career spanning 16 seasons with seven different teams, Oliver finished as a .303 hitter, with 219 home runs and 1326 RBI. Oliver finished in the top ten in the league in hits, doubles and batting average nine times each during his career. Oliver was a seven time All-Star and won the NL batting title in 1982.
Oliver joined John Canzano on The Bald Faced Truth to talk about baseball, his career and the Al Oliver Foundation. Oliver founded the Al Oliver Foundation in memory of his father (Al Oliver Sr.) for the purpose of furthering moral standards, self-esteem and community enrichment via his public speaking.
Oliver was in awe of all of the great players that were at the 1972 All-Star game, when he was first named to the team. Oliver said he couldn’t believe all of the outfield talent on one team. Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Roberto Clemente, Billy Williams, Willie Mays, and Willie Stargell were all on the squad.
“It was a great learning experience being around those guys as a young player,” said Oliver. “I said to myself, ‘I’ll go to the end of the bench and watch this one.’”
Oliver was always a good hitter, but he finally broke through for his only batting title in 1982.
“I hit the ball as well as anybody during my time,” said Oliver. “1982 was just my year. It meant a lot after all those years to finally win a batting title. It’s something they can’t take away from me.”
To hear the full audio interview with Al Oliver click here.