“When I made up the lineup, I always put Ole [John Olerud] in the third spot—where you want your best all-around player—and filled in around him,” says WSU baseball coach Bobo Brayton. “He led the world in everything.”

On the rare occasion when Ole faltered a little on the mound, Bobo would visit the big lefthander with words of advice: “Remember you are John Olerud. There’s no one better.” He was named national College Player of the Year in 1988.
—from Washington State Magazine, Summer 2002

WSU
1987
Hit .414 with 5 HR and 20 RBIs. As a pitcher, he went 8-2 with a 3.00 ERA and was a freshman All-American. College Baseball Hall of Fame

College Baseball Hall of Fame

1987
Baseball America’s named Olerud as NCAA Player of the Year.
1988
Set WSU single-season records at batting average .46, 23 home runs, 108 hits, 204 total bases, and a .876 Slugging percentage, and tied the mark at 81 RBIs. As a pitcher, he had an undefeated 15-0 season, and threw 113 Ks with a 2.49 ERA. He was a consensus All-American as both 1B and Pitcher and Baseball America College Player of the Year.
1988
Helped lead the Cougars to a 52-14 record, winning the Pac-10 North and advancing to the ’88 NCAA West Regional.
1989
Suffered a brain aneurysm in January.
1989
While recovering from the aneurysm, Olerud hit .359 with 5 HR and 30 RBI in 78 plate appearances. He threw for three wins, two losses, and a 6.68 ERA. He was a Pac-10 North All-League Designated Hitter.
1989
Left Pullman as WSU’s career leader in batting average (.434), slugging percentage(.824), and in the top five in home runs (33) and pitching wins (26).
Professional Career
1989
Began his Major League career with the Toronto Blue Jays. He became only the 16th player since the start of the amateur draft to skip the minors and go straight to the major league. Debuted September 3, 1989. John Olerud Blue Jays trading card

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1992
Blue Jays went to the World Series, with Olerud at designated hitter or first baseman.
1993
Led the American League in batting average (.363), runs created (156), intentional walks (33), times on base (321), on-base percentage (.473), OPS (1.072), and doubles (54, also a career high), while posting career highs in home runs (24), RBI (107), runs (109), and hits (200). He was the 20th player to tally 200 hits as well as 100 walks in one season.
1993
Won the Hutch Award given to an active Major League Baseball player who best exemplifies the fighting spirit and competitive desire of Fred Hutchinson. John Olerud, NY Mets

Studious Metsimus

1996
Traded to the New York Mets.
1997
Knocks in over 100 runs with Mets.
1998
Sets Mets team single season records for batting average (.354), on-base percentage (.447) and runs created (138).
1999
Sets Mets team records for most walks (125) and times on base (309) in a season. John Olerud on Sports Illustrated cover

Sports Illustrated, Sept. 6, 1999. Photographed by: V.J. Lovero

1999
Appears on the cover of the September 6 issue of Sports Illustrated, along with fellow Mets infielders Edgardo Alfonzo, Rey Ordóñez, and Robin Ventura. The four of them committed only 27 errors in the season. The Mets go to the National League Championship Series.
2000
Agrees to a three-year, $20 million contract with the Seattle Mariners.
2000
Wins his first Gold Glove.
2001
With the Mariners, earns a .401 on-base percentage, 94 walks, 272 times on base and 19 intentional walks in 159 games. John Olerud at the Mariners

Courtesy Seattle Mariners

2001
Inducted into the WSU Athletic Hall of Fame.
2002
45 doubles, 102 walks, 10 sacrifice flies and 11 intentional walks. He recorded a .398 on-base percentage, 39 doubles, 98 walks, 269 times on base and led the American League in sacrifice flies (12).
2002
Won his second Gold Glove.
2003
Won his third Gold Glove.
2004
Signed with the New York Yankees to fill in for injured first baseman Jason Giambi.
2004
During a game between the Yankees and Mariners, the Mariner home crowd gave Olerud a standing ovation.
2004
Left Game 3 of the AL championship series due to an injured foot.
2005
Signed with the Boston Red Sox in May. John Olerud at the Boston Red Sox

John Olerud at bat for the Boston Red Sox

2005
Announced retirement from baseball on December 6. At the time of his retirement, his 2,239 career hits represented the 143rd-highest total in Major League Baseball history. His career .398 OBP ranks 65th all-time, and his 500 doubles are good for 44th all-time. His 17-year career spanned 2,234 games.
2007
Inducted into the College Baseball Hall Of Fame.
2011
Notable contribution to baseball recognized October 25, 2011, and inducted into the Inland Northwest Hall of Fame.
Sources

“Six join hall of fame” (Washington State Magazine, Summer 2002)

College Baseball Hall of Fame

ESPN

Baseball Reference

Wikipedia

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