We remember Ossie Alvarez who was born in Matanzas, Cuba on this day in 1932. Ossie was a promising middle infielder, primarily known for his speed and defensive skills. He was in the Washington Senators’ farm system and led the minors twice in stolen bases.
In 1958, Ossie played the whole season in the majors hitting .269 in 88 games. He was traded a couple of times in the off season and played only 8 games for Detroit in 1959. Alvarez spent the rest of his career in the minors and later the Mexican League.
Alvarez died in 2008. He worked as a Pirates’ scout after leaving baseball.