Oliver Heidecker

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Oliver Heidecker

Biographical Information[edit]

Oliver Heidecker played in Germany and England.

Heidecker played high school baseball in the US as an exchange student from Germany. [1] He hit .333/.333/.611 with 6 runs in 4 games for Germany in the 1986 European Junior Championship but fielded .704 with 8 errors. He somehow avoided leading the team in errors while trailing only Stephan Jäger in slugging. [2]

In the 1989 European Championship, he did very well, producing at a .435/.481/.478 clip with 4 runs and 4 RBI in 8 games, fielding .920 in his lone major event for the German national team. Among the team's regulars, only Jäger (.486) had a better OBP and only Jäger and Matthias Winterrath had a better slugging percentage. [3]

He was MVP in Germany's Bundesliga-1 in 1989 and 1990. [4] He was playing for his hometown Cologne Dodgers when they toured the US in 1991. [5] He then spent most of 1992-1994 playing in Great Britain. He hit .491 to lead the 1993 London Warriors; the team won the British title. [6] In 1994, he stole home one game. [7]

Heidecker also spent part of '94 with the Cologne Cardinals, hitting .269/.296/.692. It was his last performance in the Bundesliga-1. [8]