Curious tale of Greg Olson’s All-Star appearance

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A year later this would happen. But that's a whole 'nother story. (Frank Niemeir / AJC File)
A year later this would happen. But that's a whole 'nother story.  (Frank Niemeir / AJC File)

A year later this would happen. But that’s a whole ‘nother story. (Frank Niemeir / AJC)

The 1990 All-Star Game at Wrigley Field. A star-studded roster that included the likes of Ken Griffey Jr., Cal Ripken Jr., Randy Johnson (as a Mariner), Barry Bonds (as a Pirate), the bash brothers Mark McGuire and Jose Canseco, and the list goes on.

But that roster 25 years ago featured something even more curious: Greg William Olson and Gregg William Olson.

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No relation to the other, Olson (with one “g”) was a backup catcher for the Atlanta Braves on the National League; Olson (with two “g”s) a pitcher for the Detroit Tigers on the American League. The two were making their first – and only – All-Star appearance and the confusion set on by the similarity of their names would last beyond their baseball years.

The two never met again, until Boston’s WBUR station got the pair together for a radio interview to rehash the moment the Olson. (Listen, below):


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