Ray Oyler Stats

Ray Oyler was born on Thursday, August 4, 1938, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Oyler was 26 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 18, 1965, with the Detroit Tigers. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Ray Oyler baseball stats page.

" OYLER, Raymond Francis (Oil Can) " A batboy for his hometown minor league team as a youth, Ray Oyler grew up to be a slick-fielding, light-hitting shortstop for a World Series winner. In 1952, Oyler won a contest to become the first official batboy for the Indianapolis Indians (American Association). At Cathedral High School in Indianapolis, he won letters in baseball and basketball and quarterbacked the football squad to a city title." - Author Pete Cava in (McFarland Publishing, 09/22/2015, Page 145)
Ray Oyler

Ray 'Little Bus' Oyler Autograph on a 1969 Topps Baseball Card (#178 | <a href='../baseball_cards/baseball_cards_oneset.php?s=1969top01' title='1969 Topps Baseball Card Checklist'>Checklist</a>)
Ray 'Little Bus' Oyler Autograph on a 1969 Topps Baseball Card (#178 | Checklist )

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Birth Name:
Raymond Francis Oyler
Nickname:
Little Bus or Oil Can or Ray
Born On:
08-04-1938  (Leo)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Indianapolis, Indiana
Year of Death Data Died On:
01-26-1981 ( 100 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Redmond, Washington
Cemetery:
Sunset Hills Memorial Park, Bellevue, Washington
High School:
Cathedral High School (Indianapolis, IN)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
5-11
Player Weight Chart Weight:
165
First Game:
04-18-1965 (Age 26)
Last Game:
10-01-1970
Draft:
Not Applicable
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Ray Oyler Pitching Stats

G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
- - Did Not Pitch - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
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Ray Oyler Hitting Stats

G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
1965 27 Tigers 82 194 22 36 6 0 5 0 13 21 3 61 2 0 0 9 .186 .265 .294
1966 28 Tigers 71 210 16 36 8 3 1 0 9 23 4 62 1 0 3 6 .171 .263 .252
1967 29 Tigers 148 367 33 76 14 2 1 0 29 37 3 91 15 3 2 10 .207 .281 .264
1968 30 Tigers 111 215 13 29 6 1 1 0 12 20 0 59 7 3 2 8 .135 .213 .186
1969 31 Pilots 106 255 24 42 5 0 7 0 22 31 0 80 2 1 2 9 .165 .260 .267
1970 32 Angels 24 24 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 6 2 0 0 0 .083 .185 .083
G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
6 Years 542 1,265 110 221 39 6 15 0 86 135 10 359 29 7 9 42 .175 .258 .251
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Ray Oyler Fielding Stats

POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
1965 Tigers 1B 1 0 3 2 2.0 2 1 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 18.00
1965 Tigers 2B 11 4 138 18 1.6 18 12 6 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.52
1965 Tigers 3B 1 0 12 3 3.0 3 0 3 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 6.75
1965 Tigers SS 57 54 1,401 246 4.3 235 79 156 11 17 n/a n/a n/a .955 4.53
1966 Tigers SS 69 63 1,695 312 4.5 301 107 194 11 42 n/a n/a n/a .965 4.79
1967 Tigers SS 146 125 3,201 580 4.0 559 185 374 21 61 n/a n/a n/a .964 4.72
1968 Tigers SS 111 70 2,061 354 3.2 346 139 207 8 31 n/a n/a n/a .977 4.53
1969 Pilots SS 106 93 2,235 424 4.0 409 143 266 15 47 n/a n/a n/a .965 4.94
1970 Angels 3B 2 1 33 3 1.5 3 1 2 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.45
1970 Angels SS 13 2 141 16 1.2 16 6 10 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.06
POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
SS Totals 502 407 10,734 1,932 3.8 1,866 659 1,207 66 199 n/a n/a n/a .966 4.69
2B Totals 11 4 138 18 1.6 18 12 6 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.52
3B Totals 3 1 45 6 2.0 6 1 5 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.60
1B Totals 1 0 3 2 2.0 2 1 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 18.00
6 Years 517 412 10,920 1,958 3.8 1,892 673 1,219 66 200 n/a n/a n/a .966 4.68
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Ray Oyler Miscellaneous Stats

SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
1965 Tigers 1 0 1.000 12 6 n/a 38.8 3.2 14.9 - - -
1966 Tigers 0 0 .000 1 2 n/a 210.0 3.4 23.3 - - -
1967 Tigers 0 2 .000 0 5 n/a 367.0 4.0 12.7 - - -
1968 Tigers 0 2 .000 0 2 n/a 215.0 3.6 17.9 - - -
1969 Pilots 1 2 .333 0 0 n/a 36.4 3.2 11.6 - - -
1970 Angels 0 0 .000 9 0 n/a 0.0 4.0 24.0 - - -
SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
6 Years 2 6 .250 22 15 n/a 84.3 3.5 14.7 - - -
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Ray Oyler Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1965 Detroit Tigers 1 Undetermined - -
1966 Detroit Tigers 1 Undetermined - -
1967 Detroit Tigers 1 Undetermined - -
1968 Detroit Tigers 1 Undetermined - Stats
1969 Seattle Pilots 1 $18,800.00 - -
1970 California Angels 1 , 42 $18,000.00 - -


In 1909 , Bill Bergen set a Major League record that no player wanted to break, the lowest batting average (.139) by a player who took the field in 100-or-more games. In 1968 , Ray Oyler broke his record when he took the field in 111 games and finished the season with a .135 batting average, a record that remains unbroken through today .

How to Succeed Without Hitting

DETROIT - It is highly unlikely that Hollywood will film a movie about Ray Oyler's life in baseball or a publishing house will inundate the market with his autobiography.

This is Ray Oyler's third year in the major leagues. For the first time he is a starter - at shortstop for the Detroit Tigers .

In the past, Ray never has hit above .200. This year he is struggling to stay above that mark.

If you were casually thinking of a title for Oyler's battle to survive, it would have to be "How to Succeed in Baseball Without Really Hitting."

Glove is Secret

Oyler's secret is his glove. He may be the best fielding shortstop in the major leagues. If not, he's definitely one of the smartest.

Mayo Smith discusses Ray Oyler the same way he discusses relief pitchers: "He saves games for us."

Phil Rizzuto , the New York Yankees broadcaster and a former shortstop, once remarked that if you count Oyler's hits and the ones he takes away from the opposition, his average would be over .400.

Oyler is a slim, but hard, 5-10, 165 pounds with the tough intense face of a Marine Corps drill instructor.

When Mayo Smith began managing the Tigers , he moved Dick McAuliffe from shortstop to second base, thus giving the 28-year old Oyler his first opportunity for a regular job.

"He has good hands and rarely mishandles a ball," Smith said. "He is doing a great job and has made one pressure play after another."

It always has been baseball theory that a good fielding shortstop can survive a help a major league team if he can hit between .250 and .230.

Ray, being realistic about himself, hopes to win up somewhere between those two figures. In the last two years he hit .186 ( 1965 ) and .171 ( 1966 ) while playing in 82 and 71 games, respectively.

"I'm really not that bad a hitter," Ray said. "I had a fairly good year (.251) in my last season at Syracuse.

"Believe me, though, I've tried everything to improve my average. When we're home I come out early and take extra batting practice. I'd do it on the road too, if I could, but the home team always has the benefit of the extra time.

" Wally Moses ( Tiger batting coach) has done an awful lot to help me iron out my swing. Last year I was using a 36-ounce bat and just trying to punch the ball for base hits."

Switch the conversation to fielding and Ray Oyler relaxes. That's his subject, his livelihood.

"I've always been a defensive ballplayer," Ray said. "When I was a kid my father used to hit me ground balls all the time. I developed a theory that the only ball to get by me was the one that went through me. If I could only have that mental attitude at bat."

Source: Alexandria Daily Town Talk. July 9, 1967. Page Seven.

Ray Oyler Fan Club Card
Ray Oyler Fan Club Card | Baseball Almanac Collection
The Milwaukee Brewers played their first game in franchise history on April 8, 1969 . Known then as the Seattle Pilots , they defeated the California Angels 4-3 in Anaheim Stadium. Ray Oyler was their first shortstop that historic day (first to wear #1 also)!

On April 12, 1969 , Ray Oyler homered, and the notorious "non-hitting" shortstop became the first shortstop in franchise history to hit a home run during a regular season game! This hitting "feat" helped his fan club (yes, Oyler had fan club) grow even bigger...

Ray Oyler Fan Club
Ray Oyler Fan Club | Evening Herald of Shenandoah | August 6, 1969 | Page Eleven

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