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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum announces fourth annual ‘Hall of Game’ class

Al Oliver, Tony Perez, Lee Smith, Maury Wills and Dave Stewart will be honored by the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in June.

Oliver, Perez, Smith and Wills will be inducted into the Kansas City museum’s fourth “Hall of Game” class, which was created by the museum in 2014 to recognize players who “competed with the same passion, determination, skill and flair exhibited by the heroes of the Negro Leagues.” Stewart, a former major-league player, coach and executive, will receive the Jackie Robinson Lifetime Achievement Award for “career excellence in the face of adversity.”...

The 2017 Hall of Game induction ceremony is scheduled for 8 p.m. June 10 at the Gem Theater. In addition to the induction ceremony, Hall of Game honorees also will be recognized in the Buck O’Neil Education and Research Center at the former Paseo YMCA, the birthplace of the Negro Leagues. Tickets are available by calling 816-221-1920 or at nlbm.com.

 


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Sporting News: Collusion hurt Al Oliver’s Hall of Fame case; can he still get in?

The former National League batting champion had last played in 1985, unable to get a contract for the following season. But on Jan. 10, 1995, arbitrator Thomas Roberts ruled that collusion by Major League Baseball had cost Oliver and nine other players jobs in 1986. Roberts awarded Oliver $680,031.05.


For Oliver, the stakes were high when he lost his livelihood. Oliver stalled out at 2,743 hits and a .303 lifetime batting average. A few months past his 39th birthday heading into the 1986 season, it’s conceivable Oliver could’ve reached 3,000 hits by his early forties.

“I could easily have DH’d another four or five years without any problems at the rate that I was going and the condition I was in,” Oliver, 70, told Sporting News in a recent phone interview from his Ohio home.

Dennis Eclairskey, closer Posted: March 15, 2017 at 09:05 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: al oliver, collusion, dave parker, hall of fame

 

 

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