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In 1980, Oliver played in all of Texas's 163 games and reached career highs with 209 hits and 117 RBI. On August 17 in Detroit, he established an AL record with 21 total bases in a doubleheader (four home runs, a double, and a triple). Wearing number 0, he became the Rangers' all-time leading hitter (.319), and reached the club's top ten in every batting category before being sent to Montreal in a March 1982 trade for third baseman Larry Parrish.
Playing first base for the Expos in '82, Oliver batted a career-high .331 to capture the NL batting title. He also led the NL in hits (204) and doubles (43), and tied with Dale Murphy for the RBI lead with 109. He made the TSN Silver Slugger team for three straight years, at three different positions (left field in 1980, DH in '81, 1B in '82). He was the first player to amass 200 hits and 100 RBI in a season in both the AL and the NL.
After spending 1984 with the Giants and Phillies and the first half of 1985 with the Dodgers, Oliver wound up in Toronto, for whom he delivered a pair of game-winning hits in the 1985 LCS. He retired among baseball's all-time top 50 in games played (2368), hits (2743), total bases (4083), RBI (1326), and extra-base hits (825). (ME)