Before the article, I knew Oliva had very respectable career numbers that would sometimes lead to his name being entered into HOF discussions. However I had no idea just how impressive his rookie numbers were... nor did I understand just how mentally tough this guy was.
The article actually motivated me to add an autograph of his to my wish list. It took a little longer than expected, but I finally won this card off of eBay:
2004 Sweet Spot Classic Signatures #63
To be honest, I was a little shocked at how much his signature sells for. There are plenty of hall of famers whose autographs sell for less than Oliva. And although I spent a little more than originally anticipated ($22.83 + $2.75 shipping)... at the end of the day, I'm happy to add this to my collection.
Okay... it's your turn. I was born one decade too late to truly appreciate Mr. Oliva.
Any of you have fond memories of him?
Happy Tuesday and sayonara!