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Encyclopedia > Walter Alston
(Number retired 5 June 1977)
Walter Alston
Position Manager
(1954-1976)
Seasons 23
Teams Los Angeles Dodgers Brooklyn Dodgers
Debut 13 April 1954
(NY Giants-4 Dodgers-3; announced 24 November 1953)
Final Game 27 Sept. 1976
(Astros-1 Dodgers-0)
Total Games 3,658
World Series Teams 1955, 1956, 1959, 1963, 1965, 1966,
NLCS Appearances 1974
Allstar Teams Manager
(1954, 1956, 1957, 1960, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1971, 1975)
Awards Major League Manager of the Year
(1955, 1959, 1963)
National Baseball Hall of Fame (1983)
Nickname
"Smokey"


Walter Emmons Alston (December 1, 1911 - October 1, 1984) was an American baseball player and manager. He was born in Venice, Ohio. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Major league affiliations National League (1890–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 2, 4, 19, 20, 24, 32, 39, 42, 53 Name Los Angeles Dodgers (1958–present) Brooklyn Dodgers (1932-1957) Brooklyn Robins (1914-1931) Brooklyn Dodgers (1911-1912) Brooklyn Superbas (1899-1910), (1913) Brooklyn Grooms... The Brooklyn Dodgers were a Major League Baseball team that played from 1890-1957. ... December 1 is the 335th (in leap years the 336th) day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1911 (MCMXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... is the 274th day of the year (275th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1984 Gregorian calendar). ... A view of the playing field at Busch Memorial Stadium, St. ... New York Yankees manager Joe Torre returning to the dugout (September 2005). ... The List of Ohio Townships provides an alphabetic list of the 1340 current and historic townships in Ohio. ... Official language(s) None Capital Columbus Largest city Columbus Largest metro area Cleveland Area  Ranked 34th  - Total 44,825 sq mi (116,096 km²)  - Width 220 miles (355 km)  - Length 220 miles (355 km)  - % water 8. ...


Alston was a first baseman with the St Louis Cardinals in the 1936 season. He played in his only major league game on September 27, as a substitute for future Hall of Famer Johnny Mize, who had earlier been ejected from the game. Alston struck out in his only major league at bat. After returning to the minor leagues for several years as a player and then as a manager--including a stint as the player-manager for the first U.S.-based integrated baseball team after 1898, the Nashua Dodgers of the class-B New England League--he was named manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers for the 1954 season. The position of the first baseman First base redirects here. ... The St. ... See also: 1935 in sports, other events of 1936, 1937 in sports and the list of years in sports. // May 8: Jockey Ralph Neves was involved in a racing accident at Bay Meadows Racetrack in San Mateo, California and mistakenly pronounced dead. ... The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 62 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests serving as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in the United States and beyond, the display of baseball-related... Johnny Mize (January 7, 1913 - June 2, 1993) was a baseball player who was a first baseman for the St. ... Cincinnati Reds outfielder Adam Dunn strikes out swinging to Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz (not pictured). ... In baseball statistics, an at bat (AB) is used to calculate other data such as batting average. ... The Nashua Dodgers, a farm club of the Brooklyn Dodgers, was a baseball team which operated in the class-B New England League between 1946 and 1949. ... The New England League was a mid-level league in American minor league baseball that played sporadically in five of the six New England states (Vermont excepted) between 1886 and 1949. ... The Brooklyn Dodgers were a Major League Baseball team that played from 1890-1957. ...


A reporter once asked Alston about his playing record; he said, "Well, I came up to bat for the Cards back in '36, and Lon Warneke struck me out. That's it." (He also played first base--two fielding chances, one error.) Lon Warneke (March 28, 1909 Mount Ida, AR - June 23, 1976 Hot Springs, AR) was an American baseball player who played for two teams, the Chicago Cubs and the St. ...


Alston won seven National League pennants in his 23 years tenure as Dodgers manager. In 1955 he led Brooklyn to the pennant and its only World Series championship; the team repeated as National League champions in 1956. After the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles, Alston led the team to pennants in 1959, 1963, 1965, 1966 and 1974, and three more world championships (1959, 1963, 1965). He was the first Dodger manager to win a World Series. The National League of Professional Baseball Clubs, or simply the National League, is the older of two leagues constituting Major League Baseball in the United States and Canada and the worlds oldest extant professional team sports league. ... 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other events named World Series, see World Series (disambiguation). ... The National League of Professional Baseball Clubs, or simply the National League, is the older of two leagues constituting Major League Baseball in the United States and Canada and the worlds oldest extant professional team sports league. ... Year 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ...


Named Manager of the Year six times, Alston also guided a victorious NL All-Star squad a record seven times. He retired after the 1976 season with 2,063 wins (2,040 in the regular season and 23 in the postseason). The Major League Baseball All-Star Game, also popularly known as the Midsummer Classic, is an annual baseball game between players from the National League and the American League, currently selected by fan vote for the starting position players and by the manager (the managers from the previous years... Year 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the 1976 Gregorian calendar. ... In Major League Baseball, a win (denoted W) is generally credited to the pitcher for the winning team who was in the game when they last took the lead. ... Connie Mack baseball card, 1910. ...


As a manager, Alston was noted for his studious approach to the game (he had taught school in the off-season while in the minors) and for signing 23 one-year contracts with the Dodgers at a time when multi-year contracts were becoming the norm in the sport.


Walter Alston was selected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983. He is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and died in Oxford at the age of 72. See also: 1982 in sports, other events of 1983, 1984 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: NASCAR Championship - Bobby Allison Cale Yarborough won the Daytona 500 CART Racing - Al Unser won the season championship Indianapolis 500 - Tom Sneva Formula One Championship - Nelson... Miami University (colloquially and incorrectly referred to as Miami of Ohio) is a selective coeducational American public university founded in 1809 in the university town of Oxford, Ohio. ...


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