Wilson Alvarez was born on Tuesday, March 24, 1970, in Maracaibo, Zulia, Venezuela. Alvarez was 19 years old when he broke into the big leagues on July 24, 1989, with the Texas Rangers. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Wilson Alvarez baseball stats page.
Wilson Alvarez Autograph on a 1996 Fleer (#61)
Wilson Alvarez Pitching Stats
Wilson Alvarez Hitting Stats
Wilson Alvarez Fielding Stats
|1991 White Sox||P||10||9||169||8||0.8||8||1||7||0||1||n/a||n/a||n/a||1.000||1.28|
|1992 White Sox||P||34||9||301||20||0.6||18||4||14||2||0||n/a||n/a||n/a||.900||1.61|
|1993 White Sox||P||31||31||623||34||1.1||33||5||28||1||2||n/a||n/a||n/a||.971||1.43|
|1994 White Sox||P||24||24||485||19||0.8||19||6||13||0||1||n/a||n/a||n/a||1.000||1.06|
|1995 White Sox||P||29||29||525||38||1.3||38||7||31||0||1||n/a||n/a||n/a||1.000||1.95|
|1996 White Sox||P||35||35||652||40||1.1||40||11||29||0||3||n/a||n/a||n/a||1.000||1.66|
|1997 White Sox||P||22||22||437||24||1.1||23||6||17||1||0||n/a||n/a||n/a||.958||1.42|
|1998 Devil Rays||P||25||25||428||11||0.4||11||5||6||0||1||n/a||n/a||n/a||1.000||0.69|
|1999 Devil Rays||P||28||28||480||29||1.0||26||2||24||3||1||n/a||n/a||n/a||.897||1.46|
|2002 Devil Rays||P||23||10||225||8||0.3||8||2||6||0||0||n/a||n/a||n/a||1.000||0.96|
Wilson Alvarez Miscellaneous Stats
|Baserunning Statistics||Other Positions||Common Hitting Ratios||Common Pitching Ratios|
|1991 White Sox||0||0||.000||0||0||0||0.0||0.0||0.0||1.10||5.11||4.63|
|1992 White Sox||0||0||.000||0||0||0||0.0||0.0||0.0||1.02||5.92||5.83|
|1993 White Sox||0||0||.000||0||0||0||0.0||0.0||0.0||1.27||6.72||5.29|
|1994 White Sox||0||0||.000||0||0||0||0.0||0.0||0.0||1.74||6.01||3.45|
|1995 White Sox||0||0||.000||0||0||0||0.0||0.0||0.0||1.27||6.07||4.78|
|1996 White Sox||0||0||.000||0||0||0||0.0||0.0||0.0||1.87||7.50||4.02|
|1997 White Sox||0||0||.000||0||0||0||0.0||1.5||0.0||2.00||6.80||3.40|
|1998 Devil Rays||0||0||.000||0||0||0||0.0||0.0||0.0||1.57||6.75||4.29|
|1999 Devil Rays||0||0||.000||0||0||0||0.0||3.0||0.0||1.62||7.20||4.44|
|2002 Devil Rays||0||0||.000||0||0||0||0.0||4.0||0.0||1.56||6.72||4.32|
Wilson Alvarez Miscellaneous Items of Interest
|Team [Click for Roster]||Uniform Numbers||Salary||All-Star||World Series|
|1989 Texas Rangers||43||$68,000.00||-||-|
|1991 Chicago White Sox||40||$100,000.00||-||-|
|1992 Chicago White Sox||40||$130,000.00||-||-|
|1993 Chicago White Sox||40||$180,000.00||-||-|
|1994 Chicago White Sox||40||$285,000.00||Stats||n/a|
|1995 Chicago White Sox||40||$2,250,000.00||-||-|
|1996 Chicago White Sox||40||$2,825,000.00||-||-|
|1997 Chicago White Sox||40||$4,662,500.00||-||-|
|1997 San Francisco Giants||40||" "||-||-|
|1998 Tampa Bay Devil Rays||40||$4,500,000.00||-||-|
|1999 Tampa Bay Devil Rays||40||$4,500,000.00||-||-|
|2002 Tampa Bay Devil Rays||40||$8,000,000.00||-||-|
|2003 Los Angeles Dodgers||47||$8,000,000.00||-||-|
|2004 Los Angeles Dodgers||47||$1,500,000.00||-||-|
|2005 Los Angeles Dodgers||47||$2,000,000.00||-||-|
|Wilson Alvarez Stats by Baseball Almanac|
Did you know that Wilson Alvarez is one of the few Major League pitchers in history who had an infinite earned run average (ERA) season? Presented below is every pitcher (and some positional players who pitched) that had an infinite ERA season. Bold names have an infinite career ERA.
The Infinite ERA Club
Wilson Alvarez made his debut on July 24, 1989 , failed to record a single out, was sent down to the minor leagues, was traded (with Sammy Sosa ), then was called back up to the show approximately two years later - where he made an immediate impression on his new team by tossing a no-hitter:
Wilson Alvarez No Hitter ( August 11, 1991 )
Having been unimpressive in spring training, Wilson Alvarez began the 1991 season at Double-A Birmingham. But two days before he was to face the AL East's sixth-place Baltimore Orioles at Memorial Stadium, he was called up by Chicago , which held second place in the AL West. On Sunday, August 11 , he made his White Sox debut, opposing Dave Johnson before a crowd of 40,455.
The 21-year-old Alvarez had previously pitched in just one big league game, facing five batters and retiring none in a 1989 start for the Texas Rangers . He was 10-6 with Birmingham when the White Sox , who had acquired him in a trade in 1989, called him up.
Showing a lively fastball, Alvarez became the first pitcher from Venezuela and the first White Sox lefthander to hurl a big league no-hitter . He struck out seven and walked five. Twelve putouts were recorded by ChiSox outfielders.
The no-hitter was saved by a brilliant catch by center fielder Lance Johnson in the eighth. Johnson made a diving catch of Chris Hoiles ' sinking liner in right center on a ball that had "triple" written all over it.
Alvarez started the game strongly by getting Mike Devereaux , Juan Bell and Cal Ripken to strike out swinging. He walked Dwight Evans leading off the second, but the runner was erased on Randy Milligan's double play grounder to Ozzie Guillen at short.
The White Sox southpaw retired 12 Orioles in a row, including Ripken on a fly to deep right to end the fourth and Milligan on a fly to the warning track in right in the fifth. The streak ended with Alvarez issuing a one-out walk to Leo Gomez in the sixth. Gomez was left on first as Bob Melvin flew out to center and Devereaux struck out.
In the seventh, Ripken hit a one-out dribbler in front of the plate. Catcher Ron Karkovice pounced on the ball and fired to first, but the throw was wide and tipped off the glove of Dan Pasqua . Ripken , who would have been out with a good throw, reached second. Karkovice was given an error on the play. Alvarez then retired Evans on a pop-up, walked Milligan , and got David Segui on a line drive to right.
After Johnson made his diving, tumbling catch to start the eighth, he caught fly balls by Gomez and Melvin to finish the inning. He made his fourth straight putout in the ninth on another fly to the warning track by Devereaux . Alvarez fell behind Bell , 3-1, but struck him out on a pitch in the dirt. Then, pitching too carefully, he threw four straight balls to Ripken and walked Evans on a 3-1 pitch. The brought up Milligan , who took a strike, fouled two pitches to the stands, then missed a curveball for a game-ending third strike.
The White Sox backed Alvarez with a 14-hit attack that included a two-run homer in the first by Frank Thomas . Doubles by Guillen and Thomas combined with RBI singles by Robin Ventura and Pasqua for two more runs in the second. Tim Raines ' two-run double and an RBI single by Frank Thomas posted the last three runs in the sixth.
Alvarez finished the seasons with a 3-2 record.
Tampa Bay Devil Rays First Game Program | March 31, 1998 | Baseball Almanac Collection
On March 31, 1998 , the Tampa Bay (Devil) Rays played their first game in franchise history. The first starting pitcher in team history was Wilson Alvarez, who walked the first batter he faced ( Brian Hunter ) and recorded several additional firsts that historic day in Tropicana Field.