Naty Alvardo Sr. is synonymous with greatness in handball, as “El Gato” dominated the sport for more than a decade with grace, power, humility, and class. Alvarado Sr. ushered in a new era of pro handball, taking two-handed offense, power, and aggressiveness to the forefront of the sport and reshaping the game for generations to come. El Gato won 63 USHA Spalding/Gatorade Pro Stops, retired with a then record 11 USHA 4-Wall pro singles titles, teamed with Vern Roberts to dominate 3-Wall and 4-Wall national doubles and won hundreds of weekend tournaments.
Naty Alvarado, Sr. has long been one of handball’s most likable and respected champions and was kind enough to sit down with the WPH in a wide-ranging interview discussing his start in the game; greatest rivals; breakthrough moment; move from Mexico to California; coaches and mentors, the Simple Green U.S. Open and much more in this blockbuster conversation.
You’ve seen The Last Dance, featuring Michael Jordan, well. . . . now you can relive handball through the 20th century’s greatest handball star in Chasing Down El Gato.
This exclusive four-part interview will be published to Patreon.com/wphlive to pledge supporters of the WPH once the Interview concludes (within the next 2 weeks).
WPH Senior Writer