Oliva records eight straight hits in doubleheader
On June 29, 1969, Tony Oliva’s three-hit afternoon was just a warmup for the second game of the doubleheader between the Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals, when he went 5-for-5 to finish the day with a hit in eight straight at-bats.
Oliva’s eight hits in a doubleheader were one short of the American League record at the time.
Oliva nearly secured a three-home run game. He hit a sixth-inning home run to right field and his fourth-inning double bounced off the top of the wall.
The Twins’ right fielder wrapped up his day in the eighth with a single to center before being removed from the game for a pinch-runner. Charlie Manuel, who replaced Oliva, came up to bat in the ninth and flew out.
“I’ll settle for five hits,” Oliva told the Star Tribune about getting pulled.
It was the fourth time in his career Oliva recorded five hits in a game. He also extended his hit streak to 10 games, a period over which he hit .556 with five home runs and 17 RBI.
After five RBI in the nightcap, Oliva finished the day with eight hits in nine appearances and six RBI. He raised his batting average 18 points on the day, finishing with a .322 mark.
Oliva was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2022.
Evan Gerike is the 2022 public relations intern in the Hall of Fame’s Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program for Youth Leadership Development