Bob Oliver Stats

Bob Oliver was born on Monday, February 8, 1943, in Shreveport, Louisiana. Oliver was 22 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 10, 1965, with the Pittsburgh Pirates. 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 Bob Oliver baseball stats page.

"Bob Oliver wanted to show the Kansas City Royals it was a mistake to trade him away. For the Royals , it was a quick but painful lesson. 'I wanted that one bad,' the California Angels slugger said smiling Sunday night after his leadoff home run in the 11th inning lifted California to a 4-3 victory over the Royals and extended the Angels ' wining streak to five games [ box score ]. 'I really wanted to do something to beat that team,' Oliver said. 'I went up there determined to swing for the fences. I was was trying with all I had to hit one out.'" - AP Wire ( The Emporia Gazette . July 31, 1972. Oliver Successful in Striking Back Against the Royals . Page 6)
Bob Oliver

Bob Oliver Autograph on a 1972 Topps Baseball Card (#57 | <a href='../baseball_cards/baseball_cards_oneset.php?s=1972top01' title='1972 Topps Baseball Card Checklist'>Checklist</a>)
Bob Oliver Autograph on a 1972 Topps Baseball Card (#57 | Checklist )

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Birth Name:
Robert Lee Oliver
Nickname:
Bob
Born On:
02-08-1943  (Aquarius)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Shreveport, Louisiana
Year of Death Data Died On:
Still Living ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Still Living
Cemetery:
n/a
High School:
American River High School (Sacramento, CA)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-02
Player Weight Chart Weight:
215
First Game:
09-10-1965 (Age 22)
Last Game:
07-03-1975
Draft:
1965 : 49th Round (760th)
Bob Oliver

Bob Oliver 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
Bob Oliver

Bob Oliver Hitting Stats

G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
1965 22 Pirates 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1969 26 Royals 118 394 43 100 8 4 13 1 43 21 2 74 6 2 2 18 .254 .294 .393
1970 27 Royals 160 612 83 159 24 6 27 0 99 42 4 126 2 3 3 15 .260 .309 .451
1971 28 Royals 128 373 35 91 12 2 8 1 52 14 3 88 1 5 5 13 .244 .277 .351
1972 29 Royals 16 63 7 17 2 1 1 0 6 2 0 12 0 0 0 2 .270 .292 .381
1972 29 Angels 134 509 47 137 20 4 19 0 70 27 8 97 0 5 3 15 .269 .307 .436
1973 30 Angels 151 544 51 144 24 1 18 0 89 33 7 100 0 4 5 15 .265 .311 .412
1974 31 Angels 110 359 22 89 9 1 8 0 55 16 2 51 0 6 1 21 .248 .277 .345
1974 31 Orioles 9 20 1 3 2 0 0 0 4 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 .150 .150 .250
1975 32 Yankees 18 38 3 5 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 9 0 0 0 2 .132 .154 .158
G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
8 Years 847 2,914 293 745 102 19 94 2 419 156 26 562 9 25 19 101 .256 .295 .400
Bob Oliver

Bob Oliver Fielding Stats

POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
1965 Pirates LF 3 0 15 3 1.0 3 3 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 5.40
1969 Royals 1B 12 8 216 78 6.5 78 72 6 0 6 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 9.75
1969 Royals 3B 8 5 150 16 2.0 13 5 8 3 0 n/a n/a n/a .813 2.34
1969 Royals CF 48 44 1,155 104 2.2 102 99 3 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .981 2.38
1969 Royals LF 9 4 126 8 0.9 8 7 1 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.71
1969 Royals RF 45 41 1,113 102 2.3 99 91 8 3 2 n/a n/a n/a .971 2.40
1970 Royals 1B 115 110 2,976 1,093 9.5 1,085 1,020 65 8 100 n/a n/a n/a .993 9.84
1970 Royals 3B 46 46 1,224 143 3.1 137 57 80 6 11 n/a n/a n/a .958 3.02
1971 Royals 1B 68 44 1,284 507 7.5 501 470 31 6 53 n/a n/a n/a .988 10.54
1971 Royals 3B 2 0 24 6 3.0 5 2 3 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .833 5.63
1971 Royals LF 1 0 6 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1971 Royals RF 47 44 1,170 95 2.0 94 91 3 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .989 2.17
1972 Angels LF 1 1 24 2 2.0 1 1 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .500 1.13
1972 Royals RF 16 16 429 47 2.9 46 46 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .979 2.90
1972 Angels RF 7 7 171 13 1.9 12 12 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .923 1.89
1972 Angels 1B 127 124 3,300 1,140 9.0 1,133 1,079 54 7 93 n/a n/a n/a .994 9.27
1973 Angels 1B 32 31 837 300 9.4 296 282 14 4 21 n/a n/a n/a .987 9.55
1973 Angels 3B 49 48 1,278 147 3.0 140 37 103 7 5 n/a n/a n/a .952 2.96
1973 Angels RF 47 46 1,077 78 1.7 78 74 4 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.96
1974 Angels 1B 57 44 1,179 397 7.0 391 373 18 6 40 n/a n/a n/a .985 8.95
1974 Angels 3B 46 40 1,098 98 2.1 92 27 65 6 6 n/a n/a n/a .939 2.26
1974 Angels LF 1 0 3 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1974 Angels RF 3 2 69 5 1.7 4 2 2 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .800 1.57
1974 Orioles 1B 4 3 96 38 9.5 37 32 5 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .974 10.41
1975 Yankees 1B 8 4 132 41 5.1 41 39 2 0 9 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 8.39
1975 Yankees 3B 1 1 24 2 2.0 2 0 2 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.25
POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
1B Totals 423 368 10,020 3,594 8.5 3,562 3,367 195 32 323 n/a n/a n/a .991 9.60
RF Totals 165 156 4,029 340 2.1 333 316 17 7 3 n/a n/a n/a .979 2.23
3B Totals 152 140 3,798 412 2.7 389 128 261 23 22 n/a n/a n/a .944 2.77
CF Totals 48 44 1,155 104 2.2 102 99 3 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .981 2.38
LF Totals 15 5 174 13 0.9 12 11 1 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .923 1.86
8 Years 803 713 19,176 4,463 5.6 4,398 3,921 477 65 350 n/a n/a n/a .985 6.19
Bob Oliver

Bob Oliver Miscellaneous Stats

SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
1965 Pirates 0 0 .000 0 1 n/a 0.0 0.0 0.0 - - -
1969 Royals 5 5 .500 7 6 n/a 30.3 5.3 9.2 - - -
1970 Royals 3 3 .500 2 0 n/a 22.7 4.9 6.2 - - -
1971 Royals 0 0 .000 23 1 n/a 46.6 4.2 7.2 - - -
1972 Royals 1 0 1.000 0 0 n/a 63.0 5.3 10.5 - - -
1972 Angels 4 3 .571 1 0 n/a 26.8 5.2 7.3 - - -
1973 Angels 1 1 .500 15 0 12 30.2 5.4 6.1 - - -
1974 Angels 2 1 .667 21 0 1 44.9 7.0 6.5 - - -
1974 Orioles 1 1 .500 6 0 1 0.0 4.0 5.0 - - -
1975 Yankees 0 0 .000 6 0 3 0.0 4.2 38.0 - - -
SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
8 Years 17 14 .548 81 8 17 31.0 5.2 7.0 - - -
Bob Oliver

Bob Oliver Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1965 Pittsburgh Pirates 27 $9,000.00 - -
1969 Kansas City Royals 33 $11,000.00 - -
1970 Kansas City Royals 33 $15,200.00 - -
1971 Kansas City Royals 33 $24,000.00 - -
1972 Kansas City Royals 33 $27,500.00 - -
1972 California Angels 33 "     " - -
1973 California Angels 33 $40,000.00 - -
1974 California Angels 33 $55,000.00 - -
1974 Baltimore Orioles 33 "     " - -
1975 New York Yankees 42 $55,000.00 - -


Robert Lee Oliver was a Major League Baseball player with the Pittsburgh Pirates (1965), Kansas City Royals (1969-1972), California Angels (1972-1974), Baltimore Orioles (1974) and New York Yankees (1975). Bob, his nickname, was a police officer with the Santa Ana Police Department - while he was playing baseball with the Angels! Oliver's son, Darren also played in the majors, pitching for eleven teams from 1993 through 2013.
Bob Oliver Rookie Baseball Card
Bob Oliver Rookie Card | 1969 Topps Baseball Card (#662 | Checklist )
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Did you know that Bob Oliver - a member of the inaugural 1969 Kansas City Royals team and their first player to wear #33 - was also the first player in Royals ' history to hit a grand slam ?

Bob Oliver Grand Slam ( July 4, 1969 )

8th Inning: Defensive changes: Gordy Lund replaced second baseman John Donaldson , entering as shortstop. Gus Gil changed positions, moving from shortstop to second base. Jim Bouton (RP) remained in game.

8th Inning: Juan Rios (2B) led off the inning, doubling to left field. Jackie Hernandez (SS) grounded out, second to first ( Gil to Don Mincher ), Rios went to third, 1 out. Roger Nelson (P) walked. Joe Foy (3B) walked, Nelson went to second. Pat Kelly (RF) struck out, 2 outs. Mike Fiore (1B) singled to second, Rios scored, Nelson went to third, Foy went to second. Bob Oliver hit a home run, first grand slam in Royals history , Nelson scored, Foy scored, Fiore scored, Oliver scored. Lou Piniella (LF) flied out to left field ( Tommy Davis ), third out.

Bob Oliver Grand Slam
Bob Oliver | Kansas City Royals 1st Grand Slam | The Edwardsville Intelligencer | July 5, 1969
Bob Oliver (CF) was only the twentieth different player in American League history to have six-hits in a nine-inning game , accomplishing the hitting feat on May 4, 1969 , the first 6-for-6 instance in Kansas City Royals history (a rare feat matched only twice since Oliver; Kevin Seitzer (3B) on August 2, 1987 , and Joe Randa (3B) on September 9, 2004 ).

In 1969 , Ed Kirkpatrick hit fourteen home runs, the most on the Royals during their first season in history. In 1970 , Bob Oliver hit twenty-seven home runs, taking over the title, and one he held until John Mayberry hit thirty-four long balls in 1975 . Ten years later, in 1985 , Steve Balboni hit thirty-six home runs and he is the current franchise leader for homers in a season. [ MLB.com ]

Last-Modified: February 8, 2020 5:26 AM EST

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