Ben Oglivie

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Biographical Information[edit]

Ben Oglivie, the 1980 American League home run champion, had a 16-year major league career with three teams. The bulk of his career was spent with the Milwaukee Brewers, and he was part of the 1982 Brew Crew that went to the 1982 World Series.

He was born in Colon, Panama, as was his contemporary Manny Sanguillen.

Oglivie broke into the majors at age 22 with the Boston Red Sox in 1971, a team that had Carl Yastrzemski and Reggie Smith playing two of the three outfield positions. Other youngsters on the team who looked for playing time included Carlton Fisk, age 23, and Cecil Cooper, age 21.

After three years with the Red Sox, Oglivie began to get more playing time when he was traded to the Detroit Tigers for Dick McAuliffe before the 1974 season. As he aged into his late 20's, he started to show more power.

After 1977 he was traded again, to the Milwaukee Brewers, where he would spend the rest of his major league career. He slugged over .500 in both 1979 and 1980, but it was in 1982, when he hit 34 home runs and made a diving, rally-killing 8th-inning catch in game 162, that his Brewers went to the 1982 World Series.

His 235 lifetime home runs put him (as of 2009) at #224 on the all-time list, tied with Bill Nicholson and Torii Hunter and one homer ahead of Gary Matthews, Paul Molitor and Kevin Mitchell.

After major league baseball he spent two seasons in Japan with the Kintetsu Buffaloes, hitting well. In 1989, Oglivie played for the Winter Haven Super Sox of the Senior Professional Baseball Association.

Oglivie was a coach for the Calgary Cannons in 1995. He spent 1998 to 2006 coaching in the San Diego Padres system. Oglivie was a coach for Vero Beach Devil Rays in 2007 and Montgomery Biscuits in 2008. He joined the Detroit Tigers organization as hitting coach of the West Michigan Whitecaps in 2011.

He was elected to the Latino Baseball Hall of Fame as part of its 2012 class.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • 3-time AL All Star (1980, 1982 & 1983)
  • AL Silver Slugger Award Winner (1980)
  • AL Home Runs Leader (1980)
  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 4 (1977, 1979, 1980 & 1982)
  • 30-Home Run Seasons: 2 (1980 & 1982)
  • 40-Home Run Seasons: 1 (1980)
  • 100-RBI Seasons: 2 (1980 & 1982)

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