Inductee — Ray Oyler

Ray Oyler

Class of 2016

Birthplace: Evansvilleray_oyler
_2016, IN 



Ray Oyler lettered in baseball and basketball at Indianapolis Cathedral HS and quarterbacked the football squad to a city title. He signed with the Detroit Tigers in 1960 after four years in the Marine Corps. Ray joined the Tigers in 1965 and in 1968 Detroit won the American League pennant with Oyler batting .135 as their primary shortstop. Detroit won the 1968 World Series with Oyler seeing action in four contests as a late-inning defensive replacement at shortstop. The Seattle Pilots, an expansion club, drafted Oyler prior to the 1969 season. He batted .165 in 106 games that season. In December 1969 Oyler went to the Oakland Athletics in a four-player trade. In April 1970 Oakland dealt him to the California Angels, his final big league stop. Upon settling in Redmond, Washington, Oyler worked for the Boeing Corporation and for Safeway Corporation. He suffered a fatal heart attack at age 43.