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Steve Ontiveros


Inducted February 14, 1985

Steve Ontiveros lead the BHS Drillers to four straight league titles and, at age 16, batted .410. Last year he hit .332 for the Japanese League Seibu Lions, with 20 home runs and 100 runs-batted-in. Ontiveros turned prof with the Phoenix Giants of the Pacific Cost League, and hit a home run in his first game. In 1973 he won the PCL batting title with .357 and was named Minor League Player of the Year. Steve compiled an outstanding record in seven seasons with the San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs, averaging .273. His best major league season was in 1977 when he played third base for the Cubs, batted .299 with ten homers and 68 RBI's. In 1980, a rich contract offer making him one of the highest paid players in Japan, drew him to the Seibu club, where he has helped the Lions reach the Japanese World Series twice.