Al Oliver was a career .303 hitter with 219 home runs and 1326 RBI’s in 2368 games. He batted .300 or more eleven times and retired with 2,743 hits (45th on the all-time list). He is ranked among the all-time top 50 in games played (2368), total bases (4083), RBI (1326) and extra-base hits (825). Oliver was among the league’s top ten in doubles nine times and among the league’s top ten in hits nine times as well and finished in the top ten in batting average nine times. During his career, five times he was among the league’s top ten in total bases and four times he was in the top ten in RBIs. Oliver is a seven time All Star player, a three time Sliver Slugger Award winner, and has won the 1982 National League Batting Title.
Contributions to the book came from such great baseball greats as: Pete Rose, Dave Cash, David Parker, Larry Hisel, Gene Bennett, and Andre Dawson. Chicago Bears Curt Gentry, also weighed in as to how he was the main reason Al Oliver got a baseball contract.
Life Is A Hit; Don’t Strike Out covers his faith and determination on both on and off the baseball diamond. It also discusses Olivers’ life of overcoming hardships as a child to his eventual triumph of becoming a Major League Baseball player. His inspiring story will give much hope and faith that they too can become a major league baseball player.