Steve Olin in uniform
|Born: October 4, 1965|
|Died: March 22, 1993 (aged 27)|
Little Lake Nellie, Clermont, Florida
|July 29, 1989, for the Cleveland Indians|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 4, 1992, for the Cleveland Indians|
|Earned run average||3.10|
Steven Robert Olin (October 4, 1965 – March 22, 1993) was an American right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for four seasons in the American League with the Cleveland Indians. Olin was a right-handed submarining relief pitcher for the Cleveland Indians from 1988 to 1992. Olin died in a 1993 boating accident while still an active MLB player.
Steve Olin was born on October 4, 1965, in Portland, Oregon, and grew up in nearby Beaverton. He graduated from Beaverton High School in 1984, and was recruited by baseball coach Jack Dunn to attend Portland State University.
In 195 career games, Olin pitched 273 innings and posted a win–loss record of 16–19, with 48 saves, 118 games finished, and a 3.10 earned run average (ERA). He earned his final win on September 9, 1992, against the Milwaukee Brewers. Olin won the game in relief when Cleveland scored two runs in the top of the ninth.
During spring training before the 1993 season, Olin was killed in a boating accident on Little Lake Nellie in Clermont, Florida. The boat he was in struck a pier, killing him and fellow reliever Tim Crews and seriously injuring Bob Ojeda. Crews, who was piloting the boat, had a blood alcohol level of 0.14 at the time of the accident; Olin and Ojeda had negligible traces of alcohol in their blood. Olin and Crews were the first active major league players to die since Thurman Munson in 1979. In their memory, the Cleveland Indians wore a patch on their jerseys featuring both players' uniform numbers during the 1993 season.
One of Olin's favorite songs, "The Dance" by Garth Brooks, was played over the stadium speakers when the Indians clinched the 1995 American League Central Division. Before the game, manager Mike Hargrove had phoned the Indians scoreboard room requesting that the song be played that night.
"I thought it would mean a lot to anyone who was there [with the Indians at the time of the accident]", said Hargrove. "For those who weren't there it had no significance, but it was still a good song. It was a tribute to those guys, to their families. It was part of our promise to never forget them. We didn't tell anyone that we were going to do it. For those who knew, there wasn't a dry eye to be seen. I saw Charlie Nagy; tears were rolling down his face."
- Chass, Murray (March 23, 1993). "Boat Accident Kills Indians' Top Reliever". The New York Times. Retrieved March 2, 2012.
- "Portland Coach Watched Olin From Little League Pitcher's Death a Deep Loss to Friend Who Guided Him Through College Career". Akron Beacon Journal. March 24, 1993. p. A10 (Sports).
- "Baseball; Ojeda Discusses The Crash". The New York Times. June 26, 1993. Retrieved June 10, 2013.
- Kurkjian, Tim (March 21, 2003). "In times of despair, Hargrove stands tall". ESPN. Retrieved March 2, 2012.