VIP Ink Publishing, L.L.C. releases “Life Is A Hit; Don’t Strike Out” by Al Oliver. The release date is September 30, 2014; however, it is now pre-selling at Amazon.com and the eBook is already ranking within the top 100 in three categories. Over the course of his eighteen year career, Oliver has been blessed to be able to play for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1968-77), Texas Rangers (1978-81), Montreal Expos (1982-83), San Francisco Giants (1984), Philadelphia Phillies (1984), Los Angeles Dodgers (1985) and Toronto Blue Jays (1985). From 1970 to 1976, Oliver played for five Pirates division champions, including the team that defeated the Orioles in the 1971 World Series.
Al Oliver was a career .303 hitter with 219 home runs and 1326 RBI’s in 2368 games. He batted .300 or more eleven times and retired with 2,743 hits (45th on the all-time list). He is ranked among the all-time top 50 in games played (2368), total bases (4083), RBI (1326) and extra-base hits (825). Oliver was among the league’s top ten in doubles nine times and top ten in hits nine times; he also finished in the top ten in batting average nine times. During his career, he was among the league’s top ten five times in total bases and in RBIs four times. Oliver is a seven time All Star player, a three time Sliver Slugger Award winner, and he won the 1982 National League Batting Title. Contributions to the book came from baseball greats such as: Pete Rose, Dave Cash, David Parker, Larry Hisel, Gene Bennett, and Andre Dawson. Chicago Bears Curt Gentry, also weighed in as to how he was the main reason Al Oliver received a baseball contract.
Life Is A Hit; Don’t Strike Out covers Oliver’s faith and determination from both on and off the baseball diamond. It also discusses his life and how he overcame hardships as a child to his eventual triumph of becoming a Major League Baseball player. His inspiring story will touch the hearts of many.