Ben Oglivie Stats

Ben Oglivie was born on Friday, February 11, 1949, in Colon, Colon, Panama. Oglivie was 22 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 4, 1971, with the Boston Red Sox. 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 Ben Oglivie baseball stats page.

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"Three of Ben Oglivie's favorite philosophers are Jean Jacques Rousseau, Henry David Thoreau and Bruce Lee. Their minds are not often linked to a common school of thought. But then, nothing is common about Ben Oglivie, not even the spelling of his last name. Oglivie is a Milwaukee Brewers outfielder who is accomplished not only in philosophy, but also in music, Jeet Kune Do, Ping-Pong and crossword puzzles. And if you ever need a seven-letter word for, say, 24 ACROSS, Lefthand-hitting American League home run champion, don't be so quick to jot down ( Reggie ) Jackson ." - Sportswriter Steve Wulf in Sports Illustrated (June 9, 1981)

Ben Oglivie

Ben Oglivie Autograph on a 1981 Fleer (#508)

Ben Oglivie Autograph on a 1981 Fleer (#508)

Birth Name:
Benjamin Ambrosio Oglivie Palmer
Nickname:
Ben or Gentle Ben
Born On:
02-11-1949  (Aquarius)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Colon, Colon, Panama
Year of Death Data Died On:
Still Living ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Still Living
Cemetery:
n/a
High School:
Theodore Roosevelt High School (Bronx, NY)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Left
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Left
Player Height Chart Height:
6-02
Player Weight Chart Weight:
170
First Game:
09-04-1971 (Age 22)
Last Game:
10-05-1986
Draft:
1968 : 11th Round (248th)

Ben Oglivie

Ben Oglivie Pitching Stats

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Ben Oglivie Hitting Stats

1971 22 Red Sox 14 38 2 10 3 0 0 0 4 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 .263 .263 .342
1972 23 Red Sox 94 253 27 61 10 2 8 0 30 18 2 61 0 1 1 4 .241 .293 .391
1973 24 Red Sox 58 147 16 32 9 1 2 0 9 9 2 32 1 2 2 4 .218 .269 .333
1974 25 Tigers 92 252 28 68 11 3 4 0 29 34 6 38 0 3 0 5 .270 .353 .385
1975 26 Tigers 100 332 45 95 14 1 9 0 36 16 0 62 3 4 2 10 .286 .319 .416
1976 27 Tigers 115 305 36 87 12 3 15 0 47 11 3 44 2 4 3 11 .285 .313 .492
1977 28 Tigers 132 450 63 118 24 2 21 0 61 40 2 80 1 3 3 11 .262 .325 .464
1978 29 Brewers 128 469 71 142 29 4 18 0 72 52 10 69 3 3 0 10 .303 .370 .497
1979 30 Brewers 139 514 88 145 30 4 29 1 81 48 12 56 4 4 2 11 .282 .343 .525
1980 31 Brewers 156 592 94 180 26 2 41 1 118 54 19 71 0 9 5 5 .304 .362 .563
1981 32 Brewers 107 400 53 97 15 2 14 0 72 37 10 49 1 8 6 9 .243 .310 .395
1982 33 Brewers 159 602 92 147 22 1 34 1 102 70 13 81 0 1 4 6 .244 .326 .453
1983 34 Brewers 125 411 49 115 19 3 13 1 66 60 12 64 0 8 4 9 .280 .371 .436
1984 35 Brewers 131 461 49 121 16 2 12 0 60 44 5 56 1 2 1 12 .262 .327 .384
1985 36 Brewers 101 341 40 99 17 2 10 0 61 37 3 51 4 10 2 8 .290 .354 .440
1986 37 Brewers 103 346 31 98 20 1 5 0 53 30 6 33 1 7 0 7 .283 .334 .390
16 Years 1,754 5,913 784 1,615 277 33 235 4 901 560 105 852 21 69 35 122 .273 .336 .450

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Ben Oglivie Fielding Stats

1971 Red Sox LF 10 6 207 19 1.9 18 17 1 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .947 2.35
1971 Red Sox RF 1 1 30 5 5.0 5 5 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 4.50
1972 Red Sox LF 32 28 738 51 1.6 50 46 4 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .980 1.83
1972 Red Sox RF 33 30 849 54 1.6 53 52 1 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .981 1.69
1973 Red Sox LF 4 3 93 2 0.5 2 2 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.58
1973 Red Sox RF 29 25 690 56 1.9 55 53 2 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .982 2.15
1974 Tigers 1B 10 9 267 83 8.3 83 75 8 0 13 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 8.39
1974 Tigers LF 61 49 1,323 95 1.6 90 87 3 5 0 n/a n/a n/a .947 1.84
1974 Tigers RF 2 2 42 3 1.5 3 3 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.93
1975 Tigers 1B 5 4 117 44 8.8 44 40 4 0 4 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 10.15
1975 Tigers LF 76 75 1,977 175 2.3 171 168 3 4 1 n/a n/a n/a .977 2.34
1975 Tigers RF 10 10 255 26 2.6 25 24 1 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .962 2.65
1976 Tigers 1B 9 9 225 100 11.1 99 98 1 1 13 n/a n/a n/a .990 11.88
1976 Tigers CF 12 11 276 37 3.1 37 37 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.62
1976 Tigers LF 16 14 381 29 1.8 29 25 4 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.06
1976 Tigers RF 36 33 909 79 2.2 77 74 3 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .975 2.29
1977 Tigers RF 118 113 3,078 255 2.2 249 239 10 6 3 n/a n/a n/a .976 2.18
1978 Brewers 1B 11 9 240 93 8.5 91 88 3 2 4 n/a n/a n/a .978 10.24
1978 Brewers LF 65 63 1,671 153 2.4 150 145 5 3 0 n/a n/a n/a .980 2.42
1978 Brewers RF 25 21 552 43 1.7 42 42 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .977 2.05
1979 Brewers 1B 9 5 183 72 8.0 71 68 3 1 3 n/a n/a n/a .986 10.48
1979 Brewers LF 102 95 2,466 215 2.1 214 208 6 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .995 2.34
1979 Brewers RF 24 18 549 48 2.0 45 44 1 3 0 n/a n/a n/a .938 2.21
1980 Brewers CF 1 0 9 1 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.00
1980 Brewers LF 150 148 3,933 404 2.7 395 377 18 9 2 n/a n/a n/a .978 2.71
1980 Brewers RF 2 2 54 3 1.5 3 3 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.50
1981 Brewers CF 3 3 66 5 1.7 5 5 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.05
1981 Brewers LF 100 97 2,610 211 2.1 207 204 3 4 1 n/a n/a n/a .981 2.14
1982 Brewers LF 159 15 153 380 2.4 373 358 15 7 2 n/a n/a n/a .982 65.82
1983 Brewers LF 113 108 2,883 271 2.4 267 259 8 4 1 n/a n/a n/a .985 2.50
1984 Brewers LF 113 97 2,673 223 2.0 216 210 6 7 1 n/a n/a n/a .969 2.18
1984 Brewers RF 23 20 486 39 1.7 38 38 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .974 2.11
1985 Brewers LF 48 36 1,011 86 1.8 84 82 2 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .977 2.24
1985 Brewers RF 54 51 1,311 112 2.1 108 105 3 4 0 n/a n/a n/a .964 2.22
1986 Brewers LF 50 48 1,113 110 2.2 109 105 4 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .991 2.64
1986 Brewers RF 2 1 24 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
LF Totals 1,099 882 23,232 2,424 2.2 2,375 2,293 82 49 11 n/a n/a n/a .980 2.76
RF Totals 359 327 8,829 723 2.0 703 682 21 20 4 n/a n/a n/a .972 2.15
1B Totals 44 36 1,032 392 8.9 388 369 19 4 37 n/a n/a n/a .990 10.15
CF Totals 16 14 351 43 2.7 43 43 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.31
16 Years 1,518 1,259 33,444 3,582 2.4 3,509 3,387 122 73 52 n/a n/a n/a .980 2.83

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Ben Oglivie Miscellaneous Stats

1971 Red Sox 0 0 .000 5 0 n/a 0.0 7.6 9.5 - - -
1972 Red Sox 1 1 .500 31 0 n/a 31.6 4.1 8.4 - - -
1973 Red Sox 1 1 .500 13 9 13 73.5 4.6 16.3 - - -
1974 Tigers 12 3 .800 22 1 4 63.0 6.6 8.7 - - -
1975 Tigers 11 8 .579 4 5 2 36.9 5.4 9.2 - - -
1976 Tigers 9 4 .692 43 2 1 20.3 6.9 6.5 - - -
1977 Tigers 9 9 .500 14 4 2 21.4 5.6 7.4 - - -
1978 Brewers 11 7 .611 8 0 27 26.1 6.8 6.5 - - -
1979 Brewers 12 5 .706 8 0 13 17.7 9.2 6.3 - - -
1980 Brewers 11 9 .550 0 0 4 14.4 8.3 5.0 - - -
1981 Brewers 2 2 .500 1 0 6 28.6 8.2 5.6 - - -
1982 Brewers 3 5 .375 1 0 0 17.7 7.4 5.9 - - -
1983 Brewers 4 6 .400 12 1 8 31.6 6.4 6.2 - - -
1984 Brewers 0 6 .000 13 0 1 38.4 8.2 7.7 - - -
1985 Brewers 0 2 .000 9 0 4 34.1 6.7 5.6 - - -
1986 Brewers 1 2 .333 13 0 42 69.2 10.5 6.5 - - -
16 Years 87 70 .554 197 22 127 25.2 6.9 6.6 - - -

Ben Oglivie

Ben Oglivie Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1971 Boston Red Sox 4 $12,750.00 - -
1972 Boston Red Sox 14 $13,500.00 - -
1973 Boston Red Sox 14 $16,500.00 - -
1974 Detroit Tigers 22 $18,500.00 - -
1975 Detroit Tigers 22 $25,000.00 - -
1976 Detroit Tigers 22 $35,000.00 - -
1977 Detroit Tigers 22 $60,000.00 - -
1978 Milwaukee Brewers 24 Undetermined - -
1979 Milwaukee Brewers 24 Undetermined - -
1980 Milwaukee Brewers 24 Undetermined Stats -
1981 Milwaukee Brewers 24 Undetermined - -
1982 Milwaukee Brewers 24 Undetermined Stats Stats
1983 Milwaukee Brewers 24 Undetermined Stats -
1984 Milwaukee Brewers 24 Undetermined - -
1985 Milwaukee Brewers 24 $560,000.00 - -
1986 Milwaukee Brewers 24 $766,593.00 - -
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Did you know that Ben Oglivie was the first left-handed Milwaukee Brewers ' slugger to hit 40+ home runs in a single season? Gorman Thomas hit 45 home runs in 1979, the first Brewer to ever hit 40+ home runs and his single season total remained the franchise record until Richie Sexson tied him in 2001 & 2003. Prince Fielder - also a lefty - took the record from Oglivie for home runs in a season by a Brewers lefty and home runs in a season when he crushed 50 in 2007.

Did you know that Oglivie was the first Milwaukee Brewer to hit three home runs during the same game? On July 8, 1979 , Ben went deep three times, nineteen days before Cecil Cooper , who matched Oglivie's feat on July 27, 1979 . Oglivie was also the first Brewer with two career three-homer games (#2, June 20, 1982 ), three career three-homer games (#3, May 14, 1983 ), and through today, remains the only player in team history with three (in a Brewers ' uniform).

Did you know that Oglivie was the first Milwaukee Brewer to lead the league in intentional bases on balls? In 1980, Ben was intentionally walked a league leading 19 times, most in the junior circuit. Prince Fielder was the next Brew Crew player to lead the league in intentional walks when he was sent to first - a franchise record - 32 times in 2011.

Ben Oglivie and Reggie Jackson
Ben Oglivie & Reggie Jackson | 1981 Fleer (#640) | 1980 American League Home Run Champions
Ben Ogilvie was born in Colon, Panama , the 17th player from the country of Panama to make it to the big leagues. In 1980, Oglivie led the American League in home runs , the first non-U.S. born player to lead the junior circuit in home runs ( Reggie Jackson led the league with Ben).

Ben Oglivie, Robin Yount and Cecil Cooper
Robin Yount, Cecil Cooper & Ben Oglivie (L to R) | Milwaukee Brewers Press Photo
At the completion of the 1980 season Hillerich & Bradsby, the maker of Louisville Slugger bats, devised an award - the Silver Slugger Award - to honor the best offensive player at each position. The inaugural nine from the American League were George Brett (3B), Reggie Jackson (DH), Al Oliver (OF), Lance Parrish (C), Willie Randolph (2B), Willie Wilson (OF), and three Milwaukee Brewer - Cecil Cooper (1B), Robin Yount (SS) and Ben Oglivie (OF)!

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