Thursday, January 9, 2014

#138 Joe Oliver

About the Front: Check it out! Joe Oliver's throwing up the heavy metal horns!

About the Back: The referenced game-winner in Game Two of the 1990 World Series was a walkoff single against none other than Dennis Eckersley.

Triple Play:

1. His first full season as the Reds' starting catcher was the championship year of 1990. He made a good first impression by throwing out 12 of the first 20 runners who tried to steal on him.

2. After spending eight of his first nine major league seasons in Cincinnati, Joe bounced amongst five teams in the final four years of his career: Tigers, Mariners, Pirates, Mariners again, Yankees, and Red Sox.

3. Oliver lives in Orlando, FL, where he sells real estate and coaches the varsity baseball team at Bishop Moore Catholic High School.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: One of the many ways I kept myself busy during my lonely Little League innings in right field was to count the outs using hand gestures like the one Joe is expressing above. It helped me feel like that much more of a true ballplayer.

Bill James Said: "He's not much of a player, for a regular - a sub-.250 hitter who is slow even for a catcher, has a poor strikeout/walk ratio and just an average arm."

On This Date in 1993: January 9. The soundtrack for the Whitney Houston/Kevin Costner film The Bodyguard becomes the first album to sell a million copies in one week in the U.S. since the Nielsen SoundScan produced the computerized technology to track sales.

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