Former Major Leaguer Oliver Coming To AU On Feb. 17

Photo courtesy of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Photo courtesy of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Former Major League Baseball player Al Oliver will come to Ashland University for a Black History Month Program at the Hawkins-Conard Student Center Auditorium on Wednesday (Feb. 17) at 7 p.m.

Oliver was a left-handed hitting and throwing MLB outfielder and first baseman from 1968-85. Born in Portsmouth, Ohio, Oliver signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates as an undrafted free agent in 1964 out of Kent State, and made his Major League debut four years later.

After nine seasons (1969-77) as a full-time player with the Pirates, including three All-Star appearances, Oliver was part of a four-team trade to the Texas Rangers, where he spent four seasons (1978-81) and was a two-time All-Star.

Oliver then was traded to the Montreal Expos, and was an All-Star north of the border for both seasons (1982-83) there. He finished his career with the San Francisco Giants and Philadelphia Phillies in 1984, and the Los Angeles Dodgers and Toronto Blue Jays in 1985.

In part or all of 18 MLB seasons, Oliver hit .303 with 219 home runs, 529 doubles, 77 triples, 1,189 runs scored, 1,326 RBIs and a .795 OPS.

Oliver played in 28 postseason games with the Pirates and Blue Jays, winning a World Series title with Pittsburgh in 1971.

The Black History Month Program is sponsored by Ashland University Athletics, Institutional Diversity, Brothers in Action and Black Student Alliance.

Oliver also will address the Eagle baseball team while on campus. Members of AU's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) chapter will attend the program, as well.