» June 5, 1989:
The Orioles select Louisiana State University pitcher Ben McDonald (14–3) with the first pick in the annual amateur draft. He'll sign August 19 and debut September 6, missing by three days being the first in this draft to debut. The Jays John Olerud, picked on the 3rd round, will debut September 3, singling in his first at bat. The next three picks are high schoolers: the Braves take Tyler Houston; the Mariners pick Roger Salkeld; and the Phillies choose Jeff Jackson. The White Sox get Frank Thomas with the 7th pick, while the Angels take Kyle Abbott with the 10th, and Chad Curtis on the 45th round. The Dodgers use their 1st round pick on Jamie McAndrew, son of former Mets P Jim McAndrew. Mo Vaughn goes to Boston on the 23rd pick and Chuck Knoblauch to the Twins on the 25th (he had been picked on the 18th round by the Phils in 1986, but did not sign). On the 4th round, the Twins select and sign P Scott Erickson, who was drafted but not signed in the previous three drafts.
» April 23, 1991:
In the top of the 6th at Fenway, the Jays John Olerud is at bat when Sox pitcher Roger Clemens catches Joe Carter napping and picks off the baserunner unassisted at 1B. Carter was caught by pitcher John Cerutti the same way in 1986.
» October 11, 1992: The Blue Jays win their 3rd game in a row, defeating the A's, 7–6, in 11 innings after trailing 6–1 through 8. Roberto Alomar's 2-run home run ties the game in the 9th, and John Olerud has four hits for Toronto.
» April 29, 1993: Toronto 1B John Olerud strokes five hits in the Blue Jays' 8-0 win over the Royals.
» June 23, 1993:
Toronto 1B John Olerud has his 26-game hitting streak snapped in the Blue Jays' 4-3 loss to the Yankees.
» September 29, 1993: Toronto defeats Milwaukee, 9-6, as Blue Jays 1B John Olerud ties the American League record for intentional walks in a season with 33. Ted Williams set the record in 1957. Toronto hurler Juan Guzman sets a new league mark for wild pitches in a season. His two errant tosses give him a total of 25 for the year, erasing Jack Morris' record, set in 1987.
» October 3, 1993:
Toronto's Joe Carter connect twice for homers in the 2nd inning. For the first time in 100 years, teammates finish 1-2-3 in the race for the league batting title. Toronto's John Olerud wins the crown with an average of .363, followed by Paul Molitor at .332 and Roberto Alomar at .326.
» October 16, 1993: In the World Series opener, the Blue Jays defeat the Phils, 8-5, behind home runs by Devon White and John Olerud. Al Leiter gets the win in relief. Olerud's home run in the 6th breaks a 4–4 tie.
» December 20, 1996: The Blue Jays send 1B John Olerud and his $5 million contract to the Mets for pitcher Robert Person. The move leaves 1B open for Joe Carter.
» June 18, 1997: At a packed Yankee Stadium, the Yankees edge the Mets, 3–2 on a 10th-inning RBI single by Tino Martinez. Solo home runs by Chad Curtis and Cecil Fielder off Rick Reed gives the Yankees their lead and Yankee starter David Cone dominates his former team and does not allow a hit until John Olerud's leadoff double in the seventh. The three games at Yankee Stadium draw 168,719.
» June 29, 1997:
John Olerud hits two homers and Butch Huskey, Matt Franco and Todd Hundley also homer during a nine-run Mets' comeback over the last three innings as they edge the Pirates, 10–8. For Franco, his home run is his 6th straight successful pinch-hit. Kevin Young is 4-for-5, including a homer, for the Bucs. John Franco picks up his 19th save, and the 342nd of his career, putting him in 4th place on the all-time save list.
» August 5, 1997:
In New York, Houston's Darryl Kile cops his ninth straight decision despite allowing two home runs to John Olerud. Houston hangs on to win, 11–8. Kile (16-3) allows eight runs and 10 hits in seven innings.
» September 11, 1997: John Olerud cycles, going 4-for-5 with five ribbies, to lead the Mets to a 9-5 win over the Expos. Olerud hits a bases loaded stand-up triple in the 8th, his first triple in three years, to complete the cycle. The drive bounces off the wall, striking center fielder Vladimir Guerrero.
» September 23, 1997:
Angels Lefty OF Jim Edmonds hits a pair of home runs off Randy Johnson, but Seattle wins, 4–3, to clinch the American League West. Johnson won't give up another home run to a lefty until John Olerud takes him deep in Game One of the 1999 NLCS playoffs. Jay Buhner hits his 40th homer and then K's for the 173rd time, a new M's record.
» October 16, 1999: The Mets trip the Braves, 3-2, to stay alive in the NLCS. John Olerud drives home all three NY runs with a solo home run in the 6th inning, and a 2-run single off John Rocker in the 8th. Brian Jordan and Ryan Klesko hit back-to-back homers in the 8th for the Braves' two runs. P Rick Reed shuts out Atlanta over the first seven innings on a single hit.
» December 7, 1999: In a disappointment to the Mets, the Mariners sign free agent 1B John Olerud to a 3-year contract.
» October 3, 2000:
The Mariners defeat the White Sox, 7-4 in 10 innings, in the 1st game of their AL division series. Edgar Martinez and John Olerud hit consecutive homers off Keith Foulke for the margin of victory.
» October 15, 2000:
The Mariners defeat the Yankees, 6-2, to close within one game of the New Yorkers, who hold a 3-games-to-2 lead in the ALCS. Edgar Martinez and John Olerud hit successive home runs in the 5th inning for Seattle.
» May 9, 2001: Red Sox 2B Chris Stynes, who had three hits in yesterday's win, suffers two fractures in his left cheekbone when he is hit by an Aaron Sele pitch in the 2nd inning. He'll miss six weeks. Seattle breaks a 5–5 tie in the 8th on John Olerud's double to win, 10–5. David Bell has four RBI for the M's, while Trot Nixon homers and Manny Ramirez and Troy O'Leary go back-to-back in the 4th.
» June 16, 2001:
The Mariners trip the Padres, 9-2, as Seattle 1B John Olerud hits for the cycle. It is the 2nd time in his career that Olerud has cycled even though he has hit just 12 triples in his 13-year career, by far the fewest number of triples by a player with more than one cycle. Wally Westlake is 2nd on the list with 33.
» October 7, 2001: Rickey Henderson gets the 3,000th hit of his career, a leadoff bloop double, as the Padres lose to the Rockies, 14-5. Ricky then leaves the game. The game is the final one of Tony Gwynn's career. Gwynn pinch hits in the 9th and grounds out, then walks around the field shaking hands with hometown fans. Larry Walker, who sits, wins his third NL batting title in three years at .350. Walker and Rockies teammate Todd Helton (.336) become the first teammates to finish 1-2 since John Olerud (.363), Paul Molitor (.332) and Roberto Alomar (.326) were the top three for Toronto in 1993.
» October 20, 2001:
The Mariners clobber the Yankees, 14-3, to win their first game of the ALCS. Bret Boone ties an ALCS record with five RBIs as Jamie Moyer gets the win. Boone, John Olerud, and Jay Buhner all homer for Seattle.
» November 13, 2002:
The American League Gold Glove winners are announced. Three Mariners -- Bret Boone, John Olerud, and Ichiro Suzuki -- take awards.