A three-time all star, Oglivie spent 16 years patrolling major league outfields for the Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers and most notably, the Milwaukee Brewers. He came up with the Red Sox in 1971, then was dealt to the Tigers in 1973. A couple years later he was a regular for Detroit. He hit 21 home runs in 1977 but was traded following the season to the Brewers. With Milwaukee, Oglivie established himself as one of the better power hitters in the American League. He blasted 29 home runs in 1979, then led the league with 41 long balls in 1980. In addition to making his first all-star team that season, Oglivie won a Silver Slugger award and finished 13th in the MVP vote. He hit 34 more home runs in 1982, helping him make his second all-star team. He was an all star again in 1983 and remained with Milwaukee through 1986, which was his last year in the majors. He played two seasons in Japan before retiring.
For his career, Oglivie was a .273 hitter with 235 home runs. His catch against the Orioles in game 163 of the 1982 season clinched the AL East for the Brewers. Milwaukee went on to defeat the California Angels in the ALCS and face the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series. Oglivie hit .222 with a home run in the series which the Cardinals won in seven games.
We featured one of Oglivie’s toughest pitchers, J.R. Richard, in March.
Ben Oglivie – career stats