Dave Oliver played in 189 contests from 1970-73 before embarking on a playing career with the Cleveland Indians.
He was known for his prowess with the glove at second base, but his sweet swing produced some impressive numbers at the plate. His 226 career hits held the Cal Poly record for 23 years, and his .320 career average and 112 runs ranked in the top 10 at the time of his induction. He also ranked second to Ozzie Smith in at bats with 706 and third with 13 career triples.
But his post-collegiate days were even more impressive. He won a Silver Glove for minor league fielding work in 1977 with the Toledo Mud Hens. Then, he used his baseball knowledge to produce a stellar career as a manager and coach. He was the Manager of the Year for the Triple A Oklahoma City 89ers and also served as a major league coach with the Texas Rangers and Boston Red Sox.
Whether you saw Dave perform his slick work at second, his
coaching at third, or his managing, you saw one of the best
baseball talents and baseball minds in Cal Poly history.
Dave is now working in private business in Stockton. He and his wife have two grown children.