Tony Oliva

by John Max 24 Dec,2021
Tony Oliva
Personal Info
  • Famous Name Tony Oliva
  • Country Cuba CU
Facts
  • Birth Name Antonio Oliva Lopez Hernandes Javique
  • Birth Place Pinar del Río, Cuba
  • Famous Name Tony Oliva
  • Net Worth $3 Million
  • Nationality Cuban
  • Ethnicity African
  • Profession Retired MLB Player
  • Currently Married Yes
  • Married to Gordette (DuBois)
  • Children Four

Tony Oliva is a Cuban retired baseball right fielder and designated hitter who spent his entire 15-year Major League Baseball (MLB) career for the Minnesota Twins (1962-1976). After retirement, he was a coach for the Twins. 

Pinar del Río, Cuba native, Tony Olivia was born on 20th July 1938, under the star sign Cancer. He holds a Cuban nationality and is of Afro ethnic background. 

Baseball Career

In 1961 Oliva landed to the United States and played in the Twins' final three games. However, the Twins had already filled their minor league rosters. After that, he traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina to train with a friend who played for a Minnesota Twins Class A farm team.

Further, he impressed Charlotte general manager Phil Howser, who made Oliva possible to get re-sign by the Twins and began play in minor league. 

On 9th September 1962, he made his MLB debut for the Twins, hitting a searing .444 in 12 plate appearances. 

Olivia was called up for the final few games of the 1963 major league season after he finished the minor league season with a .304 batting average with 23 home runs and 74 RBI. 

In his rookie season at Twins, Oliva was selected as a near-unanimous 1964 American League (AL) Rookie of the Year and was voted to his first All-Star game. 

TonyTony Oliva SOURCE: Baseball Wiki

The following season, he won a second straight AL batting title and won his only Gold Glove award. He finished sixth in MVP voting. 

After the 1967 season, he led the AL with 37 doubles and finished in the top 10 in batting average. His 1968 season was cut short by injury, returning to action the following season. In 1969, he placed third in the AL again and finished third in batting average in the American League in 1970 at .325, with 23 home runs and 107 RBIs.

In 1971, Oliva won his third AL batting title with a .337 average. He led the league by (.546) percentage. The following season, he played 10 games and suffered season-ending surgery. 

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Early Years

Oliva's father was also  also a former semi-professional player who instructed and helped to play baseball. His father worked in a tobacco factory and was famous for rolling the best cigars. 

Besides, he alsi played baseball with his brothers and neighbours in a the family farm. 
After being discovered by a scout for the Minnesota Twins, he was brought to the United States to play professionally.

His father encouraged him to go United States, leaving his family in Cuba to become "rich and famous" in America.

Is Tony Olivia Married?

Tony Olivia is married to Gordette (DuBois) for a long time now. The couple began dating in the mid-1960s. They exchanged the vows in Hitchcock, South Dakota in 1968. 

Since Oliva was playing for the Minesotta Twins, the newly married settled in Bloomington, Minessota. 

Tony Tony Oliva and his wife, Gordette DuBois SOURCE: Star Tribune

The couples shares four children and they live within 10 miles (16 km) of them. As reported in 2011, he is grandfather of four. 

How Much Is Tony Oliva's Net Worth? MLB Career Earnings

Tony Oliva's MLB Career Earning:

Year Team Earning
1962 Minnesota Twins -
1963 Minnesota Twins -
1964 Minnesota Twins $7,500    
1965 Minnesota Twins $20,000
1966 Minnesota Twins $32,000
1967 Minnesota Twins $40,000
1968 Minnesota Twins $50,000
1969 Minnesota Twins $55,000
1970 Minnesota Twins $70,000
1971 Minnesota Twins $98,000
1972 Minnesota Twins $105,000
1973 Minnesota Twins $91,000
1974 Minnesota Twins $88,000
1975 Minnesota Twins $87,000
1976 Minnesota Twins $42,000
Total   $786,000

As of 2021, Tony Olivia's net worth is approximately $3 million.

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