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June 7, 2000
Calling someone a dinosaur is not exactly a flattering term. It usually means the person's beliefs are headed for extinction, that time has passed them by. Manny Alvarado of Kennedy High doesn't look like a dinosaur. He's only 46 and still coaching baseball.
The other morning, jockey agent John DeSantis brought his rider, Frank Alvarado, to trainer Wayne Lukas' barn. "Here's the best-kept secret at Del Mar," DeSantis said by way of introducing Alvarado. "Sorry," Lukas said. "I don't have anything (horses to ride). This barn gets a pretty early start." "I know," DeSantis said. "I missed you at the coffee shop at 4 this morning."
January 30, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Denver police are investigating an incident in which an SUV linked to welterweight boxer Mike Alvarado crashed off a snowy bank into Colorado's Sloan's Lake on Tuesday.  “Mike's fine, he told me he has nothing to do with it, and that's good enough for me,” Alvarado's manager-trainer Henry Delgado told The Times on Thursday. “I believe him.” A police spokesman told Denver's CBS 4 that authorities are seeking a man and a woman who walked away from the green Cadillac Escalade before it rolled into the lake with a smashed hood.
October 17, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
Nearly two years since Granada Hills Kennedy Principal Suzanne Blake put former baseball Coach Manny Alvarado on administrative leave in November 2011, and later tried to suspend him 15 days after an alleged hazing incident involving students outside the school weight room, an arbitrator has ruled in Alvarado's favor. "I feel after so many years, my word should be trusted," said Alvarado, who was Kennedy's baseball coach for 24 years until he was replaced before last season. "It's nice to have somebody say I was right.
March 26, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Juan Manuel Marquez says he doesn't view Mike Alvarado as the beaten-up puncher the rest of us might picture. “I need to be at my best because this will be the best Mike Alvarado we have seen,” Marquez told The Times in a telephone interview from the Forum in Inglewood, where he'll return to fight May 17 on HBO. The 40-year-old Marquez (55-7-1, 40 knockouts) says he's prepared for a desperate welterweight opponent in Alvarado (34-2, 23 KOs), who's out to avoid a career-threatening third loss in four fights.
Kobey's Swap Meet founder Monte Kobey died early Tuesday of complications resulting from AIDS. He was 54. Kobey, who built his swap meet into one of the state's most successful flea markets, contracted the AIDS virus from a tainted blood transfusion during open heart surgery in 1984. Since its founding at the Midway Drive-In in 1977, Kobey's Swap Meet has become an institution for many San Diegans.
September 25, 1991
Jockey Frank Alvarado, whose horse ran into another at the end of a race Sept. 13, has been suspended for 60 days by stewards at Fairplex Park in Pomona because of a positive test for cocaine. Alvarado was removed from his mounts Saturday but announcement of the suspension was delayed until stewards could meet with the jockey and his agent. Alvarado's suspension will last until Nov. 19.
March 16, 1987
Top-seeded Naty Alvarado defeated Poncho Monreal, 15-21, 21-6, 11-1, Sunday in the final of the United Handball Assn. pro tour stop at the Los Caballeros Racquet and Sports Club in Fountain Valley. Alvarado, who has won 52 of 63 pro tour stops, won $3,500 and Monreal $2,000.
February 5, 2012 | Eric Sondheimer
Break out the pitchforks. A grassroots battle is unfolding at Granada Hills Kennedy High involving parents, students, teachers, administrators and alumni. Parents and members of the baseball team say they intend to march outside the campus Monday morning at 7:30 in support of Coach Manny Alvarado, who was informed last week he will be suspended for three weeks without pay for his role in an alleged hazing incident. The protesters want to send a loud and clear message to first-year Kennedy Principal Suzanne Blake that they don't appreciate hearing one thing from her in December, then learning a month later that everything had changed.
June 15, 1989 | JOHN LYNCH, Times Staff Writer
Call it the last step, the final act in a conversion process from outsider to trusted leader. There Manny Alvarado stood, or at least he was trying to stand. He was bent at the waist, gasping for air as desperately as any of his players on the Kennedy High baseball field. The Golden Cougars awaited the next words from their coach as they recuperated from a fatiguing set of wind sprints run across the outfield grass. Earlier that day, Kennedy fell flat in a 4-2 loss to Cleveland when a victory would have clinched the North Valley League title.
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