Tony Pedro Oliva
also known as Pedro Oliva
Bats: Left, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 175 lb.
Born: July 20, 1938 in Pinar del Rio, Pinar del Rio, Cuba
by the Signed Minnesota Twins as an amateur free agent in 1961.
( All Transactions) Debut: September 9, 1962 (Age 24.051)
vs. DET 1 AB, 0 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB Exceeded rookie limits during 1964 season Rookie Status: [*]
Team: Twins 1962-1976 Final Game: September 29, 1976 (Age 38.071)
vs. TEX 1 AB, 0 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB View Player Bio from the SABR BioProject
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News -- July 2014
7/8 James Smyth Broadcast: Teams That Hit Three Home Runs in Extra Innings: The Orioles and Nationals were tied at 2-2 in Washington last night as the game moved into the 11th inning. Baltimore broke out ...
7/7 Puckett's Pond: 2014 MLB All Star Game: Get to know Target Field: With the 2014 Major League Baseball All Star Game festivities upon us, all eyes will turn to Minneapolis, MN as the Minnesota ... News -- April 2014
4/24 WasWatching: The Best Player In The A.L. From 1962 Through 1974: It was Yaz, by far. Why he doesn’t get more credit for it, I dunno? Rk Player WAR/pos From To Age G PA R H 2B HR RBI BB ...
4/21 Twinstrivia.com: This Day in History – April 21: April 21, 1961 – The Minnesota Twins played their inaugural home game at Metropolitan stadium but came away with ... News -- March 2014
3/10 Twinstrivia.com: Twins rookies with 100 or more hits: A quick look at Twins rookies over the years and how many hits they had in their rookie season. To make the list they had to have ...
3/3 Puckett's Pond: TMZ: Minnesota Twins Media Zone: Spring Training Day 15:
Monday was a busy day for the Minnesota Twins as they partook in some split-squad action at home against the Toronto Blue ... News -- February 2014
2/23 Puckett's Pond: TMZ: Minnesota Twins Media Zone: Spring Training Day 7: The Twins have been in camp in some form or another for a week now. Many things have happened and more I surely to occur, so ...
2/23 Puckett's Pond: Sunday Confessional: I Almost Stole Something From Work I’m no thief. Hell, I can’t even claim that I’ve stolen a heart. I walk... ... News -- December 2013
12/5 Twinstrivia.com: 10 years is a long, long time: If the reports are true, the Colorado Rockies and long-time Twins first baseman Justin Morneau have agreed on a two-year ... News -- October 2013
10/17 Rising Apple: The 2013-14 Caribbean Winter Leagues Are Underway: For some, cool Autumn ushers in thoughts of October’s Fall Classic, the rush of Football, and the onset of Hockey and Basketball. ...
10/15 Puckett's Pond: Well… The Minnesota Twins Could Be The Chicago Cubs: The Chicago Cubs came across my mind and like when many things cross my mind I try to relate it back to a song. The song that ...
10/14 The Cardboard Examiner: PURSUE THE PENNANTS: #1 AL BATTING LEADERS: AND A ROOKIE SHALL LEAD THEM.TWO ROOKIES IN THE TOP 10 IN BATTING.Let's get Pursue the Pennants off to a rousing start by featuring ... News -- September 2013
9/25 On-Base Talk: Minnesota Twins All-Franchise Team: The Twin Cities were always meant to have a baseball team. Former Washington Senators president, Calvin Griffith, knew this and ... News -- August 2013
8/19 Baseball With Matt: My Top Five Hall of Fame Hitters without a Ring 8/19/13: Hey baseball fans!It's always a player's dream to win a World Series. However, a lot of ballplayers never get a ring. Even some ...
8/18 Indians Baseball Insider: The Rock of Cleveland Part 2- Celebrating Rocky Colavito: This is part two of a piece that posted last week. In part one, it recalled how Cleveland Indians fans still have wonderful ...
8/8 Twinstrivia.com: This Day In Twins History – August 8: 8/8/1962 – With the score tied at 3 apiece at Muni**** Stadium in Kansas City, A’s rookie third baseman Ed Charles ... News -- July 2013
7/31 Classic Minnesota Twins: Twins Killers, Vol. #1: Dick Allen Hits Two Inside The Park Homers (With Video!) At The Met: TWINS KILLERS will be a semi-regular series, profiling the greatest performances AGAINST our Minnesota Twins. One day performances, ...
7/25 Twinstrivia.com: They went down swinging: Hitters with 500 are more career strikeouts as Twins Rk Player SO From To Age G PA AB R H HR BA OPS 1 Harmon Killebrew 1314 1961 ...
7/19 Twinstrivia.com: An interview with 1995 Rookie of the Year Marty Cordova: Recently I was lucky enough to have an opportunity to interview 1995 AL Rookie of the Year Marty Cordova. We talked about Marty’s ...
7/16 Billy-Ball.com: I feel like Cal Ripken: In 1964, my dad took me to the only other All-Star Game hosted by the New York Mets. It was played at the brand new Shea Stadium. ...
7/16 Billy-Ball.com: Fun with the Doubles – At the Break: We know that Manny Machado is chasing Earl Webb‘s record for most doubles in a season. Top Five Most Doubles in a season ...
7/15 Classic Minnesota Twins: 1965 All Star Game: Killebrew & Met Stadium: Over the next day or two, I will be adding wise words of wisdom, as only I can, regarding the 1965 All Star Game.For now, I'm ...
7/8 Twinstrivia.com: Top Twins rookie power hitters: The Twins have had some very good rookie hitters over the years and based on their minor league stats it appears that more are ...
7/2 Mets Merized: One Of The Greatest All-Star Games Ever. And It Happened At Shea: 1964 was a bustling time in our nation’s history. With America still reeling from the shock of our president being assassinated ... News -- June 2013
6/9 Baseball de World: Today in Baseball History – June 9: June 9, 1906 The Boston Beaneaters defeat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3 ending a string of 19 straight losses. The team would finish ... News -- May 2013
5/19 Through The Fence Baseball: Oswaldo Arcia leads new trend in Twins baseball: There’s a brand new slugger from Venezuela on the horizon these days, and he resides at, of all places, Target Field ...
5/15 Puckett's Pond: Is Oswaldo Arcia winning the AL Rookie of the Year Award?: The Minnesota Twins have a relative lineage of Rookie of the Year award winners. Tony Oliva was the first Twins rookie of the ... News -- April 2013
4/15 Not in the Hall of Fame: 39. Tony Oliva: If Tony Oliva did not suffer from bad knees would he have been inducted already? Many people think so, as his first eight seasons ...
4/13 Classic Minnesota Twins: 1975 Minnesota Twins Camera Day: Today we call attention to one of the early, annual promotions staged by the Minnesota Twins. Camera Day has been chronicled slightly ...
4/6 Twinstrivia.com: Today in Twins History – April 6: 4/6/1951 - Twins pitching great and MLB Hall of Famer Rik Aalbert ”Bert” Blyleven was born on this day in Zeist, ... News -- March 2013
3/29 baseballintheblood.com: BitB Interviews Denny McLain: “I’ve only had one bad moment in my life, and that was when we lost Krissy.”: On the Phone With…Denny McLain By Todd Coppernoll – March 29, 2013 I just got off the line with Denny McLain. Today ...
3/5 Bleeding Yankee Blue: EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: ROY SMALLEY:
I'm a sucker for helping others. I appreciate when people take a moment, organize and get help to people in need. That's ... News -- February 2013
2/28 Wahoo Sam: When judging candidates, does it matter who’s already in the Hall of Fame?: Baseball fans love to argue about the Hall of Fame. No one really cares (nor knows much) about the Football Hall of Fame or any ...
2/7 Twinstrivia.com: This and That: There was a nice piece written about Twins outfield prospect Max Kepler the other day by MiLB.com and if you get a chance, check ... News -- January 2013
1/30 Wahoo Sam: When judging candidates, does it matter who’s already in the Hall of Fame?: Baseball fans love to argue about the Hall of Fame. No one really cares (nor knows much) about the Football Hall of Fame or any ...
1/28 WasWatching: Top 40 All-Time WAR Rookie Seasons For Position Players: Here is the list - Rk Player WAR/pos Year Age Tm Lg G PA R H HR RBI BB SB BA OBP SLG 1 Mike Trout (RoY-1st) 10.7 2012 20 LAA AL ...
1/28 Puckett's Pond: Talk To Contact, Ep 22: TwinsFest, A Cat Video, and Tigers Talk: Episode 22 of the Twins baseball podcast, Talk To Contact (@TalkToContact), is now available for download via iTunes or by ...
1/13 The Rays Today: Do You Want To Eat Dinner With David Price: Posted in Alex CobbDavid PriceJake McGeeMatt JoyceNewsOn Feburary second David Price and anyone that donates will be eating dinner ...
1/3 Twinstrivia.com: Straight from ASU to the Met: Eddie Bane was born in Chicago, Illinois on March 22, 1952 but grew up in southern California not too far from Disneyland. Bane ... News -- August 2012
8/18 Tyler's Think Tank: The Tragedy of Tony C.:
45 years ago today, Jack Hamilton threw a pitch that changed everything.
Over 31,000 fans made their way to the Fens to ...
8/14 Baseball Musings: Poor Prognosticator: Avenging Jack Murphy grabs a Peter O’Malley quote from 1971: “I believe salaries are at their peak. It’s quite ... News -- July 2012
7/26 Not in the Hall of Fame: 36. Tony Oliva: If Tony Oliva did not suffer from bad knees would he have been inducted already? Many people think so, as his first eight ...
7/10 The Writer's Journey: What makes a Hall of Famer?: Fortunately, not Reggie Jackson‘s opinion. I’m not talking about players involved with the steroid scandal, but guys ... News -- June 2012
6/12 High Heat Stats: The Mount Rushmore of the Minnesota Twins: The Twins began life in MLB as the Washington Senators, joining the AL in 1901 along with a bunch of other teams. It took until ...
6/4 Classic Minnesota Twins: My Twins Shrine (Video): For your consideration: a lifetime's accumulation of Twins memorabilia.I'm rather embarassed by it, was just creating a video ... News -- May 2012
5/1 Classic Minnesota Twins: In The O's Nest: The Baltimore Debut of Carew In 1967 Season Opener: The Minnesota Twins began a new Twins era in the home of the 1966 World Series winning Baltimore Orioles, at Memorial Stadium on April ... News -- April 2012
4/15 High Heat Stats: Saturday game notes: Matt Kemp smacked 2-run HRs in the 1st and 2nd innings as the Dodgers improved baseball’s best record to 8-1, their best ... News -- March 2012
3/20 High Heat Stats: All-time HR leaders by team among single-franchise players (prepare to be amazed!): I started tweeting some of this last night and realized it would make a pretty awesome post. Among players who played their entire ... News -- February 2012
2/21 PaulLebowitz.com: Cameron vs Puckett—*Wink Wink*: Following his retirement, I saw it repeated ad nauseam that Mike Cameron has a higher career WAR (Wins Above Replacement) than ...
2/17 Baseball Reality Tour: 2012 Hall of Fame Sneak Peek: The unofficial kickoff to the Winter Meetings was today, when the Golden Era Veterans Committee submitted their ballots on the ...
2/9 Baseball Musings: Hall of Fame, Latin Version: I just received this press release from ESPNPR: ESPN Deportes brings a comprehensive highlight show of the Salon de la Fama de ... News -- January 2012
1/12 High Heat Stats: WAAS Experiment #1: Adjusted WAAS: In a long exchange on the original WAAS post, reader Robert proposed adjusting the WAAS method to account for partial seasons.Basic ... News -- December 2011
12/10 The Writer's Journey: Retired Numbers: #6: Of the six #6′s retired by MLB teams, only two are currently members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame (though Cox is ...
12/8 Classic Minnesota Twins: Tony Oliva: Traveling The Rutted Road To Glory: "Oliva's got real quick hands, like Stan Musial, and he's got bat control like Willie Mays.Tony always gets a piece of the ball ...
12/5 NY Baseball Digest: Disrespect and Disgrace Apparent at Veterans Committee Election of Ron Santo: It’s finally happened. Thirty-seven years after playing his last game, Ron Santo is a Hall of Famer. I’m so disgusted ...
12/5 AndyPatton.net: Congratulations to Ron Santo:
It has been a while since I’ve posted a Hall of Fame blog, but I’ve had lots of blogs started that I have not had ...
12/4 Baseball Reality Tour: 2012 Hall of Fame Sneak Peek: The unofficial kickoff to the Winter Meetings was today, when the Golden Era Veterans Committee submitted their ballots on the ... News -- November 2011
11/28 High Heat Stats: Carl Crawford's historic collapse (without much hope of recovery): Since 1901, there have been 145 hitters to amass at least 10 Wins Above Replacement in their Age 27 and 28 seasons. Few, though, ...
11/23 Classic Minnesota Twins: Parti**** in Hall of Fame Poll: Oliva, Kaat, Tiant, Hodges, Santo or Reynolds?: Your input is desired at the Classic Twins Facebook page. Would love to see who the favorites are before the vote! Vote early, ...
11/19 NY Baseball Digest: Deeper Look at Allie Reynolds HOF Candidacy: The 16-member Golden Era Veterans Committee will announce on December 5th their selection(s) into the Hall of Fame. Locally, Gil ...
11/14 Classic Minnesota Twins: Jim Kaat: Up For Election To Baseball Hall Of Fame: Jim Kaat and Tony Oliva will be under consideration for election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Dec. 4 (story and ...
11/14 Classic Minnesota Twins: "A Tale of 4 Twins Pitchers:" Kodak Snapshot Picks, 10/30/11: Another entry in posts spotlighting candid photos of Twins players, 1961 - present.Click on them for the larger versions.The ...
11/14 Classic Minnesota Twins: Game Of The Week: Koufax Dominates Twins, Game 7, 10/14/65 Part 3: The classic form on the Met Stadium mound, Oct. 14, 1965.Sandy Koufax was the "Left Hand of God," pitching on a cool, ...
11/11 Puckett's Pond: Tony Oliva for Hall of Fame: Yesterday I wrote my argument that Jim Kaat should be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. If you’ve been following the ...
11/7 NY Baseball Digest: Vote on the Golden Era HOF Ballot: CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR VOTE FOR THE GOLDEN ERA CANDIDATES Last week, the Hall of Fame announced the 16-member Golden Era ...
11/7 YankeeAnalysts.com: Click Up Your Heels; Santo Headlines Hall of Fame’s New “Golden Era” Ballot: (The following is being syndicated from The Captain’s Blog). The new ballot for the Hall of Fame’s era-based veteran’s ...
11/4 The Captain's Blog: Click Up Your Heels; Santo Headlines Hall of Fame’s New “Golden Era” Ballot: The new ballot for the Hall of Fame’s era-based veteran’s committee selection process has been announced, and several compelling ...
11/4 i70baseball.com: The Case For Ken BoyerKen Boyer has a good case for HOF election. The Veterans Committee will consider his candidacy for 2012 enshrinement. ... News -- September 2011
9/8 B-R Blog: Card of the Week (and Hall of Fame poll): 1997 Bowman Chrome International Refractors #127 Andruw Jones: So much to say about this card... I better keep it in bullet format so that we can get to the Hall of Fame poll below: By 1997, ... News -- May 2011
5/6 Rising Apple: Tony Oliva still on "cloud nine" about his baseball career: Legendary Minnesota Twins outfielder Tony Oliva recently made an appearance in New York City at a baseball card show. Oliva, who ...
5/6 B-R Blog: Players with at least one third of their career walks coming intentionally: (Thanks to McCombe35 for writing in with this idea.) A simple but fascinating list. Here are the guys with the most career walks ... News -- April 2011
4/9 B-R Blog: Paul Konerko & RBIs in each of the first 7 games: Reader mccombe35 emailed me and pointed out that Paul Konerko has at least 1 RBI in each of the first 7 games for the White Sox ... News -- January 2011
1/4 B-R Blog: Chet Lemon: I was just foolin'round with Play Index - looking for the best "relatively short career" guys not in the Hall of Fame. And, I ... News -- December 2010
12/14 B-R Blog: Miguel Cabrera, Adrian Gonzalez, and 30 IBBs without 100 total BB in a season: Going back as far as we have intentional walk stats, here are the only guys to have at least 30 IBBs in a season without reaching ... News -- November 2010
11/4 B-R Blog: Should the Red Sox pick up their option on David Ortiz?: The Red Sox have until midnight tonight to decide whether to pick up their 1-year, $12 million 2011 option on DH David Ortiz. ... News -- August 2010
8/23 B-R Blog: POLL: Ron Santo and the Hall of Fame: Ron Santo played third base for 15 seasons. He was a 9-time All-Star, 5-time Gold Glove winner, never played for any team outside ...
8/9 B-R Blog: Perfect Games – For Batters: How many batters, since 1920, have had 12+ "perfect days" at the plate in games where they had 4+ At Bats? By this, I mean, going ... News -- June 2010
6/26 B-R Blog: Oh, To Be Young(?) In The 1960’s: Using Play Index, I was just looking at the best young batters in baseball during the 1960's -
6/22 B-R Blog: Counting When It Didn’t Count: Some All-Star fun via Baseball-Reference.com's Play Index Batting Game Finder - batters with 6+ PA in a single All-Star Game:
Pos. ... News -- May 2010
5/29 B-R Blog: Miguel Cabrera’s 3 HR in a loss: Yesterday Miguel Cabrera hit 3 HR in a game that the Tigers lost. Below is the list of all times this has been done. The most ...
5/19 B-R Blog: WAR Data: Best Position Players Not In the Hall of Fame: Here's a post concept that's sure to be a lightning rod for discussion: who are the best position players not to be inducted into ...