Word of the Week 101421

Al Oliver

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It was on this date in 1946 that Albert Oliver Jr. was born in Portsmouth, Ohio. Who? Let's go with Al Oliver and you Pirates fans will remember the slugging outfielder who should be in the baseball Hall of Fame.

Oliver batted .300 or more eleven times. His 2,743 career hits rank 45th on the all-time list. He also ranks among all-time top 50 in games played (2,368), total bases (4,083), RBI (1,326) and extra-base hits (825).

He was among the league's top ten in doubles nine times and among the league's top ten in hits nine times as well and finished in the top ten in batting average nine times.

Five times he was among the league's top ten in total bases and four times he was in the top ten in RBIs.

But we never Al Oliver say the word "quotidian" in any of his interviews.

Does quotidian mean:

A: A believer in the power of eight. "I'm a believer in quotidian philosophy," said the rookie Mark Fydrich. "I touch the dugout roof eight times before I pitch."

B: Highly quotable. "Man, if you want to hear some baseball truth, ask Doc Ellis," said Al Oliver. "He's a real quotidian."

C: Ordinary or everyday-like. "Al Oliver was no quotidian baseball player," said Woody. "In fact, I like him as much as I like Willie Stargell."

D: A mathematical formula. "If you look at my quotidian batting average," said Al Oliver, "I'm the best hitter ever to play who came from Portsmouth."

Oliver hit the last home run at Forbes Field. His shot came off Milt Pappas in the sixth inning of the last game played at the stadium, the second game of a June 28, 1970, doubleheader against the Chicago Cubs. He also drove in the first run ever scored at Three Rivers Stadium.

The correct answer to the Word of the Week challenge is "C."

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