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Arnoldo "Arnie" Alvarez

Inducted: 2007

Best Known For: Baseball

Hometown: Brownsville, TX

HS: Brownsville High

College: Pan American College ('67-'70)

High School Coach: Mercedes Tigers, P-SJ-A, Los Fresnos, Brownsville Porter, Weslaco

High School Coach: Texas Southmost College


He holds the distinction of being the only man in Valley baseball history to participate in a UIL state championship game as a player and a coach.

Arnie Alvarez was the starting third baseman on the outstanding Brownsville High team that went to the finals in 1965, leading the Eagles in batting average that season. A decade later he led the Mercedes Tigers to the Class 3A title game as a coach in 1974.

After high school, Alvarez played ball for Pan American University (1967-70) and launched a coaching career that took him from Mercedes, P-SJ-A, Los Fresnos, and finally Brownsville Porter, where he won district twice.

He was also baseball coach and athletic director at Texas Southmost College, later to become The University of Texas-Brownsville, from 1985 to 1996, returning to the high school ranks for a season at Weslaco before he passed away 1998.