The official release date of Life Is A Hit; Don't Strike Out by VIP Ink Publishing, L.L.C. is Tuesday, September 30. Oliver's appearance on Friday and Saturday is a pre-release book signing for Rangers' fans.
Oliver was a career .303 hitter with 219 home runs and 1,326 RBI in 2,368 games 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 .300 or more eleven times and ranks among the all-time top 50 in hits (2,743), games played, total bases (4,083), RBI, and extra-base hits (825). Oliver finished among his league's top ten in batting average nine times, was a seven-time All-Star, and was selected to three Sliver Slugger teams. He won the 1982 National League batting title with a career high .331 average with the Expos.
Acquired by the Rangers in a four-team trade in December 1977, Oliver batted .319 with 337 RBI in 534 games over the next four seasons from 1978-81. He hit over .300 each year, and his .319 overall average is the highest lifetime for a Ranger with more than 300 games. The left-handed batter had the A.L.'s second highest average at .324 in 1978 and ranked fifth with a .323 mark in 1979. Oliver was the Rangers 1978 Player of the Year and earned A.L. All-Star and Silver Slugger honors in both 1980 and 1981. He tied A.L. records with 21 total bases and four home runs in a doubleheader on August 17, 1980 at Detroit. Oliver was traded to Montreal in March 1982.
Oliver resides in his hometown of Portsmouth, Ohio, where he founded the Al Oliver Foundation with the goal of furthering community enrichment.