Friday, August 2, 2013
Vintage Fridays: Bob Oliver, 1975 Topps #657
-He had a three-game cup of coffee with the Pirates in 1965, but didn't return to the major leagues until 1969, when he appeared in 118 games as a 26-year-old with the expansion Royals.
-In 1970, he led Kansas City with 27 home runs, 99 RBI, and a .451 slugging percentage.
-That's one bad airbrush job on Bob's cap. The Angels had traded him to Baltimore on September 11, 1974. He played nine games with the Orioles, collecting three hits in 20 at-bats (.150) and driving in four runs.
-By the time this card was released, Oliver was finished as a major leaguer. He played in 18 games with the Yankees in 1975, earning his release in mid-July with a .132/.154/.158 batting line. He played in the minors through 1978 with three different organizations, then spent a season-plus in the Mexican League before calling it a day.
-You may be more familiar with his son Darren, who was four years old when Bob had his brief stay in Charm City. Darren Oliver is currently a lefty reliever with the Blue Jays, his ninth team in parts of 20 big league seasons. Now 42, he is the oldest player in MLB, non-Mariano Rivera division.