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Oswaldo Alvarez Gonzalez

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 10", Weight 165 lb.

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Ossie Alvarez debuted in the major leagues as an infielder for the 1958 Washington Senators. He appeared in 87 games, had 196 at bats and 41 hits for a .209 average.

He was traded twice before the start of the 1959 season, on October 27, 1958 to the Cleveland Indians for veteran utility man Jay Porter. On November 20, 1958 he was part of a major trade involving the Indians and the Detroit Tigers in which he and two top pitchers, Don Mossi and Ray Narleski, were sent to the Tigers for Billy Martin and Al Cicotte. Ossie appeared in 8 games for the Tigers, getting one hit in two at-bats for his only other major league experience.

Alvarez started his minor league baseball career in 1952 with the class C Big Spring Broncs. Ossie would perform in eight leagues with 14 teams before getting his chance in the major leagues. His best season in the minors came in 1957 in the Southwestern League with the Midland Indians / Lamesa Indians. He appeared in 119 games had 473 at bats with 171 hits for a .362 batting average. He tried his hand at pitching one game in 1956 with the Hobbs Sports and went 0-1.

The 5' 10", 165 pound infielder was primarily known for his speed, having twice led baseball's minor leagues in stolen bases and after his major league retirement, leading the Mexican League in stolen bases with 27 at age 30 in 1964. He retired from active playing after two games with the Jalisco Charros in 1966.

Ossie went to the Mexican Center League as manager for the Fresnillo Mineros in 1966. The team finished at 61-76 and Ossie was replaced by Marco Manzo. He also managed the Mexican League Durango Alacranes in 1974 and the Mexico City Tigres in both 1990 and 1991.

Alvarez, remained in baseball as a Latin American scout for the Pittsburgh Pirates for many years before joining the expansion Arizona Diamondbacks in the same capacity in 1996.

Alvarez died in Guadalajara, Mexico on March 8, 2008.

[edit] Year-by-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Playoffs
1966 Fresnillo Mineros Mexican Center League -- -- replaced by Marco Manzo April 5
1972 Charros de Jalisco Mexican League 3rd replaced Cananea Reyes
1973 Zacatecas Tuzos Mexican Center League 49-19 1st League Champs
1974 Durango Alacranes Mexican Center League 52-23 1st League Champs
1977 Jalisco (MCL) Mexican Center League 32-35 6th
1990 Tigres de México Mexican League 73-50 2nd Lost in 1st round
1991 Tigres de México Mexican League 62-56 8th
1994 Tigres de México Mexican League -- -- replaced Geraldo Gutierrez / replaced by Porfirio Mendoza

[edit] Sources

Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball: Third Edition
baseball-reference.com
SABR MILB Database:Alvarez page




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