- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 10", Weight 160 lb.
- High School Gibbs High School
- Debut April 9, 1963
- Final Game September 27, 1969
- Born December 13, 1940 in St. Petersburg, FL USA
Nate was the son of Jim Oliver Sr., who had played in the Negro Leagues. James Oliver Field in St. Petersburg, FL, named after Nate's father, was the first field to be refurbished under the Tampa Bay Devil Rays Field Renovation Program. Nate's brother Jim also played professional ball.
Nate was signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1959. He hit just .224 for the Green Bay Bluejays and Fox Cities Foxes that year. In 1960, he hit .329 for the Great Falls Electrics and appeared ever so briefly for the St. Paul Saints. He played in the minors for the Spokane Indians from 1961 to 1965 and in 1967, topping .300 in 1962 and 1963. He came up to the majors for the first time in 1963, a year when the Dodgers won the World Series. He appeared in 65 games, playing primarily second base, and hitting .239. He did not play in the World Series.
The next year, in 1964 at age 23, Nate had his most at-bats in the major leagues, getting 321 at-bats in 99 games. He hit .243 with 9 doubles and stole 7 bases.
In 1965 he appeared in only 8 games with the Dodgers, but in 1966 he played in 80 games with a .193 average. He appeared in Game 4 of the 1966 World Series as a pinch-runner against the Baltimore Orioles.
In 1967, his batting average improved to .237 in 77 games.
In the off-season before 1969, he was traded to the New York Yankees, and played one game with them before they traded him to the Chicago Cubs, where he finished out his career in 44 games hitting .159. It was the Cubs team that everyone expected to win the division, but finished second instead. Glenn Beckert was the regular second baseman, and the other infielders were Ernie Banks, Ron Santo, and Don Kessinger.
Oliver managed the 1988 Reno Silver Sox.
In 1989, Oliver managed the AZL Angels, and in 1990 and 1991 he was at the helm of the Palm Springs Angels. In 1998, Oliver managed the AZL Cubs and in 1999 he managed the Daytona Cubs. In 2000, he was a roving infield instructor in the Cubs organization. In 2003, he took over the managerial reins of the Saskatoon Legends of the Canadian Baseball League in mid-season from Ron LeFlore.
In 2006, Nate was the bunting instructor for the Chicago White Sox organization.
Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record
|1988||Reno Silver Sox||California League||39-103||10th||none|
|1989||AZL Angels||Arizona League||20-33||6th||California Angels|
|1990||Palm Springs Angels||California League||62-80||8th||California Angels|
|1991||Palm Springs Angels||California League||65-71||6th||California Angels|
|1998||AZL Cubs||Arizona League||29-26||3rd||Chicago Cubs||none|
|1999||Daytona Cubs||Florida State League||63-75||11th||Chicago Cubs|
|2003||Saskatoon Legends||Canadian Baseball League||3rd||Independent Leagues||replaced Ron LeFlore|