Walter Alston was born on Friday, December 1, 1911, in Venice, Ohio. Alston was 24 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 27, 1936, with the St. Louis Cardinals. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Walter Alston baseball stats page.
Walter 'Smokey' Alston Autograph on a 1966 Topps (#116 | Checklist )
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Walter Alston played in one Major League game (pictured above), had one big league at-bat, and finished with one offensive stat - a strikeout, courtesy of Lon Warneke . Eighteen years later he took over as Manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers (1954-1957), their last one ever, then continued with the franchise as Manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers (1958-1976), their first one ever. Please join Baseball Almanac as we "flip over Walter Alston's baseball card" and take a look at a few more numbers of interest on the back of his managerial card :
6 - Walter Alston was the sixth manager in baseball history to win 2,000 games, joining John McGraw (1899-1932), Connie Mack (1894-1950), Joe McCarthy (1926-1950), Bucky Harris (1924-1956) and Leo Durocher (1939-1973).
23 - Walter Alston was a manager for twenty-three years, and signed exactly twenty-three one-year contracts with the Dodgers .
1,950 - Walter Alston played in one Major League game, the fewest by any Hall of Fame manager who made it to the show (four of them never played in a single game). The Yang to his Yin is Al Lopez who played in 1,950 Major League games, the most by any Hall of Fame manager in baseball history.
3,658 - Walter Alston managed 3,658 games when he called it a career in 1976, sixth most in baseball history at the time, behind Connie Mack (7,755), John McGraw (4,769), Bucky Harris (4,410), Casey Stengel (3,766), and Leo Durocher (3,739).
Walter Alston | National Baseball Hall of Fame Plaque | Class of 1983 ( HOF )
On June 5, 1977, the Los Angeles Dodgers retired #24 to honor Walter Alston, one of the best managers in baseball history. The franchise had only retired three numbers before Alston; #39 - Roy Campanella , #32 - Sandy Koufax , # #42 - Jackie Robinson , each on the same date, June 4, 1972. All four of these legends were part of the 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers world championship team ( 1955 World Series ), all four are also enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
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