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1. Tavo Alvarez, Tucson, 1990

1. Tavo Alvarez, Tucson, 1990

Nashville's Tavo Alvarez warming up before a game on May 10, 1998. Chris Richards / Arizona Daily Star

Not only did he help the Badgers to 1988 and 1989 state championships, the tall right-hander went 13-1 in 1990 and was the state’s pitcher of the year with a 0.90 ERA. He was drafted in the second round by Montreal and reached the big leagues two years later. His THS career record, 29-4, is believed to be the best in Tucson history. 

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Greg graduated from Utah State, worked at two Utah newspapers, the St. Petersburg Times, the Albany Democrat-Herald in Oregon and moved to Tucson to cover UA football and baseball. He became the Star's sports columnist in 1984.

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