1998 TOPPS BB Card
John Olerud 1993 season Swinging a red-hot bat in the first half of the season John Olerud made a serious run to become baseball’s first .400 hitter since Ted Williams batted .406 in 1941. He was voted the Player of the Month for April (.450, 18 RBIs) then strung together the majors longest consecutive game hitting streak that year and the longest in Blue Jays history – 26 games from May 26 to June 22, and picked up another Player of the Month for July (.427, with 30 RBIs). Although he faltered in the last two months of 1993 Olerud paced the American League with a .363 batting average, and two of his Blue Jays teammates finished 2nd and 3rd. Paul Molitor hit .332 and Roberto Alomar .326. Andres Galarraga of the Colorado Rockies led the majors with .370. What made John Olerud’s performance in 1993 amazing was he had a near fatal brain aneurysm after a spectacular career at Washington State University. John Olerud 1993 stats: .363 BA, 54 doubles, 2 Ts, 24 Hrs, 109 Runs, 107 RBIs, 114 Walks, 65 strikeouts, .478 on-base-pct. and an even 200 hits in 551 at bats spanning 158 games.
In 1998 John Olerud hit a torrid .354 for the New York Mets. He signed with the Seattle Mariners in 2000 and hit over .300 two years in a row, 2001-2002.