Tuesday, January 26, 2010
#211) LUIS ALVARADO
Luis Alvarado became a member of the New York Mets when the Detroit Tigers sold his contract to them on February 25, 1977. He started that season with the Mets and made a single game appearance for them on April 13th. He entered the contest that day at Shea Stadium as part of a double-switch substitution. New York would sell his contract back to the Tigers fourteen days later on April 27, 1977.
His story as a "Moonlight Graham Met" is told here.
After his playing career Luis owned a grocery store in his hometown, He continued to have a love for the game and was known to play wiffle ball in the street with the local children. Luis Alvarado passed away in Lajas, Puerto Rico on March 20, 2001 at the age of 52.
I created Luis Alvarado's card in the set from an autographed index card (with this awesome inscription) purchased from the legendary autograph guy, Jack Smalling on January 26, 2010.