Nate Oliver

1970 Topps

Oliver spent parts of seven seasons in the major leagues, playing mostly for the Los Angeles Dodgers as well as the San Francisco Giants, New York Yankees and Chicago Cubs. He broke into the big leagues with Los Angeles in 1963 and played in 99 games in 1964. He posted most of his career highs that season, hitting .243 with 21 RBI and 28 runs scored. His 78 hits and nine doubles were also career bests. Oliver hit .226 for his career with two home runs, one which came in his rookie year and one that he hit in his final year in the majors.


As he notes, Oliver played second base for the Dodgers during their May 11, 1963 game against the San Francisco Giants when Sandy Koufax threw his second no-hitter. He entered the game as a defensive replacement for Wally Moon in the seventh inning and had one at bat in bottom of that frame. He was involved in an interesting putout in the top of the eighth when Koufax retired Orlando Cepeda 1-4-3. I suspect this is what he is referring to when he says he helped save Koufax’s no-hitter. However, I could not find any other information on the play. If you know what happened, please share!

Nate Oliver – career stats

Published by Chris

Writer, historian, father, intrepid traveller, journalist, aging punk ... I am actually in a Hall of Fame.

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