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.
Ray 'Little Bus' Oyler Autograph on a 1969 Topps Baseball Card (#178 | Checklist )
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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."
Oyler is a slim, but hard, 5-10, 165 pounds with the tough intense face of a Marine Corps drill instructor.
"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.
"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.
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 | 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...
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