The consistent and popular Texan had lifetime highs of .274 and 22 homers as a rookie
in 1963. A career-threatening bout with spinal meningitis disabled him for six weeks
in 1964, but he made a remarkable comeback and was an All-Star in 1965. In both 1963
and 1967, he was voted the Indians' Man of the Year.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»June 27, 1964: Cleveland 3B Max Alvis is stricken with spinal meningitis. He will be disabled for six weeks but will make the All-Star team in 1965.
»August 15, 1965:
Pinch-hit home runs by Max Alvis in the 9th inning and Leon Wagner in the 11th give Cleveland a 6–4 win against Minnesota. Two pinch-hit home runs in one game ties the ML record.