Wilson Alvarez Stats

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.

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Wilson Alvarez Autograph on a 1996 Fleer (#61)

Wilson Alvarez Autograph on a 1996 Fleer (#61)

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Birth Name:
Wilson Eduardo Álvarez Fuenmayor
Nickname:
None
Born On:
03-24-1970  (Aries)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Maracaibo, Zulia, Venezuela
Year of Death Data Died On:
Still Living ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Still Living
Cemetery:
n/a
High School:
Maracaibo Escuela (Maracaibo, Venezuela)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Left
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Left
Player Height Chart Height:
6-01
Player Weight Chart Weight:
235
First Game:
07-24-1989 (Age 19)
Last Game:
09-28-2005
Draft:
Undrafted Free Agent

Wilson Alvarez

Wilson Alvarez Pitching Stats

19
1
0
0
1
.000
Infinity
0
0
0
0.0
5
3
3
3
2
2
0
0
0
0
0
-
21
9
0
3
2
.600
3.51
2
1
0
56.1
237
47
22
26
9
29
0
32
2
0
0
-
22
9
4
5
3
.625
5.20
0
0
1
100.1
455
103
58
64
12
65
2
66
2
4
0
-
23
31
0
15
8
.652
2.95
1
1
0
207.2
877
168
68
78
14
122
8
155
2
7
1
-
24
24
0
12
8
.600
3.45
2
1
0
161.2
682
147
62
72
16
62
1
108
3
0
0
-
25
29
0
8
11
.421
4.32
3
0
0
175.0
769
171
84
96
21
93
4
118
1
2
2
-
26
35
0
15
10
.600
4.22
0
0
0
217.1
946
216
102
106
21
97
3
181
2
4
0
-
27
22
0
9
8
.529
3.03
2
1
0
145.2
613
126
49
61
9
55
1
110
4
3
0
-
27
11
0
4
3
.571
4.48
0
0
0
66.1
283
54
33
36
9
36
3
69
1
1
1
-
28
25
0
6
14
.300
4.73
0
0
0
142.2
624
130
75
78
18
68
0
107
4
9
0
-
29
28
0
9
9
.500
4.22
1
0
0
160.0
703
159
75
92
22
79
1
128
3
6
0
0
32
10
3
2
3
.400
5.28
0
0
1
75.0
339
80
44
47
13
36
3
56
2
4
0
2
33
12
2
6
2
.750
2.37
1
1
1
95.0
377
80
25
27
5
23
1
82
1
5
0
1
34
15
6
7
6
.538
4.03
0
0
1
120.2
499
109
54
56
12
31
2
102
1
5
0
2
35
2
3
1
4
.200
5.63
0
0
0
24.0
109
31
15
15
7
7
0
16
0
0
0
2
14 Years
355
263
18
102
92
.526
3.96
12
5
4
1,747.2
7,518
1,624
769
857
190
805
29
1,330
28
50
4
7

Wilson Alvarez

Wilson Alvarez Hitting Stats

1989 19 Rangers 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1991 21 White Sox 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1992 22 White Sox 34 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1993 23 White Sox 31 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1994 24 White Sox 24 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1995 25 White Sox 29 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1996 26 White Sox 35 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1997 27 White Sox 22 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1997 27 Giants 11 23 1 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 5 1 0 0 0 .130 .200 .130
1998 28 Devil Rays 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1999 29 Devil Rays 28 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2002 32 Devil Rays 23 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2003 33 Dodgers 21 29 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 9 1 0 0 2 .172 .200 .172
2004 34 Dodgers 40 31 4 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 14 2 0 0 2 .161 .188 .161
2005 35 Dodgers 21 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
14 Years 355 95 6 13 0 0 0 0 1 4 0 33 5 0 0 4 .137 .172 .137

Wilson Alvarez

Wilson Alvarez Fielding Stats

1989 Rangers P 1 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
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
1997 Giants P 11 11 199 9 0.8 8 2 6 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .889 1.09
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
2003 Dodgers P 21 12 285 20 1.0 20 4 16 0 2 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.89
2004 Dodgers P 40 15 362 19 0.5 19 3 16 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.42
2005 Dodgers P 21 2 72 2 0.1 2 0 2 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.75
P Totals 355 263 5,243 281 0.8 273 58 215 8 12 n/a n/a n/a .972 1.41
14 Years 355 263 5,243 281 0.8 273 58 215 8 12 n/a n/a n/a .972 1.41

Wilson Alvarez

Wilson Alvarez Miscellaneous Stats

1989 Rangers 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.00 0.00 0.00
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
1997 Giants 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 4.6 23.0 1.92 9.36 4.88
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
2003 Dodgers 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 3.2 0.0 3.57 7.77 2.18
2004 Dodgers 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 2.2 0.0 3.29 7.61 2.31
2005 Dodgers 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 2.0 0.0 2.29 6.00 2.63
14 Years 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 2.9 95.0 1.65 6.85 4.15

Wilson Alvarez

Wilson Alvarez Miscellaneous Items of Interest

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 - -
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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

Name Year

Team

Lg
Nick Altrock 1919 WAS AL
Wilson Alvarez 1989 TEX AL
Bob Apodaca 1973 NYM NL
Kirtley Baker 1894 BAL NL
Lou Bauer 1918 PHI AL
Ed Blake 1953 CIN NL
Rex Brothers 2018 ATL NL
Joe Brown 1927 CHI AL
Fred Bruckbauer 1961 MIN AL
Bobby Burke 1937 PHI NL
Bill Childers 1895 LOU NL
Mort Cooper 1949 CHI NL
Ed Coughlin 1884 BUF NL
Vic Davalillo 1969 STL NL
Paul Dean 1937 STL NL
Pedro Dibut 1925 CIN NL
Frank Dupee 1901 CHI AL
Joe Engel 1919 CLE AL
Ed Farmer 1977 BAL AL
Bill Ford 1936 BOS NL
Nick Greenwood 2015 STL NL
Clark Griffith 1912 WAS AL
Doc Hamann 1922 CLE AL
Brian Harvey 1995 FLO NL
Nate Jones 2014 CHI AL
Bob Kammeyer 1979 NYY AL
Al Kellett 1924 BOS AL
Matt Koch 2017 ARI NL
Will Koenigsmark 1919 STL NL
Dave Koslo 1955 MIL NL
Rick Kreuger 1977 BOS AL
Steve Luebber 1979 TOR AL
Daniel McCutchen 2012 PIT NL
Bob McGraw 1918 NYY AL
Cal McLish 1946 BKL NL
Doc Medich 1972 NYY AL
Al Milnar 1946 PHI NL
Bill Moore 1925 DET AL
Julio Navarro 1966 DET AL
Bob Owchinko 1983 PIT NL
Phil Paine 1956 MIL NL
Mike Palagyi 1939 WAS AL
Jay Parker 1899 PIT NL
Brad Pennington 1998 TBR AL
Dave Pierson 1876 CIN NL
Jim Ray 1966 HOU NL
Erik Sabel 2002 DET AL
Jim Schelle 1939 PHI AL
Paul Stuffel 1953 PHI NL
Billy Sunday 1890 PIT NL
Gordie Sundin 1956 BAL AL
Dennis Tankersley 2003 SDP NL
Bob Uhl 1940 DET AL
Lino Urdaneta 2004 DET AL
Marty Walker 1928 PHI NL
Zack Weiss 2018 CIN NL
John Wood 1896 STL NL

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.

Researched and written by Rich Westcott ( RichWestcott.com / Rich Westcott Books ), original text from No-Hitters (McFarland, 02/15/2000, 'Mark Gardner', Page 333-345).

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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.

Last-Modified: December 28, 2018 2:55 AM EST

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