Al Oliver (born October 14, 1946 in Portsmouth, Ohio) is a former Major League Baseball player who amassed an 18-year career with the Pittsburgh Pirates (1968-77), Texas Rangers (1978-81), Montreal Expos (1982-83), San Francisco Giants (1984), Philadelphia Phillies (1984), Los Angeles Dodgers (1985) and Toronto Blue Jays (1985). He batted and threw left-handed.
Oliver was a durable hard-hitter and a fine center fielder who also played left and right as well as first base. He was signed by the Pirates as an amateur free agent in 1964.
In his rookie season Oliver hit .285 with 17 home runs, ending second in the 1969 National League Rookie of the Year voting. From 1970-76 he played on five Pirates division champions, including the team that defeated the Orioles in the 1971 World Series.
In 1976 Oliver hit .323, this was his first of nine straight .300+ seasons. In December 1977, he was sent to the Texas Rangers in the same trade that brought Bert Blyleven to Pittsburgh.
Wearing the number 0 on his uniform, Oliver played in all of Texas's 163 games in 1980, and reached career highs in hits (209) and RBI (117). On August 17 at Tiger Stadium, he established an American League record with 21 total bases in a doubleheader (four home runs, a double and a triple). In March 1982, after he became the Rangers' all-time leading hitter (.319) and reached the club's top ten in virtually every offensive category he was traded to the Montreal Expos for third baseman Larry Parrish.
In 1982 with the Expos, Oliver hit a career-high .331 batting average to win the National League batting crown. He also led the NL in hits (204), doubles (43), extra bases (67), total bases (317), and tied with Dale Murphy for the RBI lead with (109).
After stints with the Giants, Phillies and Dodgers, Oliver returned to the American League in 1985 with the Blue Jays, for whom he hit a pair of game-winning singles against the Royals in the 1985 ALCS.
Oliver was selected for 7 All-Star games, starting at 1b in the 1983 Classic. Al was named as an OF on The Sporting News 1975 NL All-Star Team and also as the 1b on The Sporting News 1982 NL All-Star Team. Oliver was the OF on The Sporting News 1980 AL Silver Slugger Team, DH on The Sporting News 1981 AL Silver Slugger Team and 1b on The Sporting News 1982 NL Silver Slugger Team.
Al Oliver was a career .303 hitter with 219 home runs and 1326 RBI in 2368 games. He batted .300 or more ten times and retired with 2,743 hits (45th in the all-time list). He also ranks among all-time top-50 in games played (2368), total bases (4083), RBI (1326) and extra-base hits (825).