Ed Olivares

Edward Olivares Balzac (born November 5, 1938 in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder and third baseman who spent parts of two seasons playing for the St. Louis Cardinals. Olivares' full professional baseball career extended for nine years (1957–1961; 1963–1966). He batted and threw right-handed, stood 5 feet 11 inches (1.80 m) tall and weighed 180 pounds (82 kg).

Ed Olivares
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Outfielder / Third baseman
Born: (1938-11-05) November 5, 1938 (age 82)
Mayagüez, Puerto Rico
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 16, 1960, for the St. Louis Cardinals
Last MLB appearance
September 26, 1961, for the St. Louis Cardinals
MLB statistics
Batting average.143
Runs batted in1


Olivares was originally signed by the Philadelphia Phillies before the 1957 season. He was acquired by the Cardinals prior to 1958 and made his major-league debut during the 1960 season, after he was the Most Valuable Player, home run champion (35) and runs batted in leader (125) of the Class B Carolina League playing for Winston-Salem. In his two trials for the MLB Redbirds, he got into 24 games with 11 starts. But he managed only five hits, all singles, in 35 at bats (with no bases on balls), for a batting average of .143.

Following the 1961 season, Olivares was drafted by the Houston Colt .45s with the 33rd overall selection in the 1961 expansion draft, but never appeared in another major league game.

His son, Omar, was an MLB pitcher for 12 seasons.

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