Who is Francisco Alcaraz?
Bats Left, Throws Left
Died May 1, 1996 in Guaymas, Sonora Mexico
Alcaraz was a player for several years. In 1941, he went 5-4 with a 4.36 ERA; the Mexican League at that time was dominated by Negro League and Cuban players and few Mexicans held down a regular roster spot. In 1942, Francisco fell to 7-9, 6.10 with 76 walks in 125 1/3 IP for the Torreon Cotton Dealers. During 1943, he had a 7-9, 4.11 record; it would be his last season pitching regularly in Mexico's top circuit.
Returning to the amateur ranks, Alcaraz became a star in Mexico's leagues, winning awards. He went 3-0 for Mexico in the 1944 Amateur World Series to help them win a Silver Medal, better than a Cuban team with five future major leaguers in the rotation. Alcaraz led the Series in wins.
Alcaraz resurfaced in 1949 as a pro, hitting .233 and slugging .308 for the Juarez Indios. He was in the Mexican League in 1950, now as a first baseman with San Luis Potosí, hitting .268/~.376/.280. In 1951, he batted .293/~.414/.379 in 20 games for Monterrey. He also hit .348 for the Tijuana Potros in 17 games in the Southwest International League. He finished up with Tijuana and Nuevo Laredo in 1952, hitting .170 for the former club and .227/~.433/.273 for the latter. He also pitched 7 games for Nuevo Laredo, going 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA.
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