Welcome to the Reds Hall of Fame, Ron Oester!
If there is a baffling name among the inductees for the 2014 Reds Hall of Fame, it is Ron Oester. Statistically, it doesn’t make sense. 1118 hits, 42 home runs, 344 runs batted in, and a .265 batting average in 13 seasons…Hall of Fame? Hardly. But Oester’s personality and contributions to the community told a different story. He was an ambassador for the game, a quietly consistent player on teams that included boisterous superstars such as Johnny Bench, Pete Rose, Eric Davis, and Dave Parker. He visited sick children on his own time and brought smiles to their faces when there was really nothing to smile about. Ron Oester wasn’t a great player, but he was a great person.
(Custom Hall of Fame “fun card” by TWJ contributor Patrick.)