Ed Olwine: The Pride of the Greenwave
With an unprimed pen, Ed Olwine pressed against his 1988 Topps baseball card. Where the pen refused to spread any ink against the cardboard, Olwine’s John Hancock became impressed into his photo.
Olwine signed the card while visiting in his hometown of Greenville, Ohio is also the hometown of Annie Oakley and legendary broadcaster Lowell Thomas and my dad.
The pitcher was called up by the Atlanta Braves in June 1, 1986 to replace the injured future Hall of Famer Bruce Sutter. He ended up pitching for Atlanta for portions of the 1986-88 seasons.
He appeared in 80 games over the course of three seasons, however his career record stands at no wins and one loss with 54 strikeouts in
Olwine spent portions of 11 seasons in minors pitching for Columbus Clippers, Greenville (S.C.) Braves, Fort Lauderdale Yankees, Greensboro Hornets, Nashville Sounds, Omaha Royals, Oneonta Yankees, Paintsville Yankees, Richmond Braves and Tidewater Tides.
He played his collegiate ball at Morehead State University in Kentucky, where he stills holds the school record for least amount of walks surrendered in a career with 206.