Ollie Pickering

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Ollie Pickering
Ollie Pickering 1921.jpg
Center fielder
Born: (1870-04-09)April 9, 1870
Olney, Illinois
Died: January 20, 1952(1952-01-20) (aged 81)
Vincennes, Indiana
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 9, 1896, for the Louisville Colonels
Last MLB appearance
October 8, 1908, for the Washington Senators
MLB statistics
Batting average.271
Home runs9
Runs batted in287

Oliver Daniel Pickering (April 9, 1870 – January 20, 1952) was an American professional baseball center fielder, who played for the Louisville Colonels, Cleveland Spiders, Cleveland Blues / Bronchos, Philadelphia Athletics, St. Louis Browns, and Washington Senators of Major League Baseball (MLB). Upon his retirement from playing the game, he became an umpire and later retired in Vincennes, Indiana.

Of note, Pickering was the first ever batter in the newly-formed American League when he played against the Chicago White Sox as a member of the Cleveland ball club.[1] The term "Texas Leaguer" is often attributed to the debut of Ollie Pickering, either in the majors or the Texas League, who came to bat and proceeded to run off a string of seven straight bloop hits.[2]


  1. ^ "Ollie Pickering Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved June 25, 2018.
  2. ^ "Texas Leaguers". The Sporting Life. April 21, 1906. p. 2.

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