January 5, 1928 |
|April 28, 1953, for the Washington Senators|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 29, 1963, for the Philadelphia Phillies|
|Runs batted in||22|
|Career highlights and awards|
Oldis was a catcher whose playing career lasted for 15 seasons, 1949–63. The native of Preston, Iowa, stood 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m) tall and weighed 185 pounds (84 kg) and threw and batted right-handed during his active career.
As a Major Leaguer, he appeared in 135 games as a second- or third-string receiver over all or parts of six seasons (1953–55; 1960–63) with the Washington Senators, Pittsburgh Pirates and Philadelphia Phillies. He was a member of the 1960 World Series champion Pirates that beat the New York Yankees, serving as the club's third catcher behind Smoky Burgess and Hal Smith. Although he got into only 22 games during the 1960 season (three as a starting catcher), Oldis appeared in Games 4 and 5 of the World Series as a defensive replacement, spelling Burgess, but had no plate appearances. However, the Pirates won both contests, and went on to a seven-game upset on Bill Mazeroski's walk-off home run.
Following his playing career, he was a coach for the Phillies (1964–66), Minnesota Twins (1968) and Montreal Expos (1969), and scouted for the Phils and Expos. He has been associated with the Marlins since 2002.
As of December 26, 2016, he was the 98th oldest former living major league player.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference
|Montreal Expos first base coach