Alvin Dark Stats

Alvin Dark was born on Saturday, January 7, 1922, in Comanche, Oklahoma. Dark was 24 years old when he broke into the big leagues on July 14, 1946, with the Boston Braves. 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 Alvin Dark baseball stats page.

"Evidently believing in conspiracy theories, pitchers such as ( Ken ) Holtzman quipped, 'I knew Alvin Dark was a religious man, but he's worshipping the wrong god - Charles O. Finley.' Following a tough 3-2 loss in Chicago on May 18, Finley publicly chastised Dark in the clubhouse, shouting, 'We won the World Series two years with out, and if you don't get your rear in gear, you're gone.' The apparently unflappable Dark went out to dinner with Finley after the tirade, again quoting the Bible, 'Great peace have they which love thy law, and nothing shall offend them.'" - Author Ron Briley in Class at Bat, Gender on Deck and Race in the Hole: A Line-Up of Essays on Twentieth Century Culture and America's Game (McFarland Publishing, 06/03/2003, Page 224) [ Alvin Dark Quotes ]
Alvin Dark

Alvin 'The Swamp Fox' Dark Autograph on a 1991 Topps Archives Baseball Card (#109 | <a href='../baseball_cards/baseball_cards_oneset.php?s=1991top05' title='1991 Topps Archives Baseball Card Checklist'>Checklist</a>)
Alvin 'The Swamp Fox' Dark Autograph on a 1991 Topps Archives Baseball Card (#109 | Checklist )

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Birth Name:
Alvin Ralph Dark
Nickname:
Al or Blackie or The Swamp Fox
Born On:
01-07-1922  (Capricorn)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Comanche, Oklahoma
Year of Death Data Died On:
11-13-2014 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Easley, South Carolina
Cemetery:
Robinson Memorial Gardens, Easley, South Carolina
High School:
Lake Charles High School (Lake Charles, LA)
College:
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
5-11
Player Weight Chart Weight:
185
First Game:
07-14-1946 (Age 24)
Last Game:
10-02-1960
Draft:
Not Applicable / Signing Bonus = $50,000
Alvin Dark

Alvin Dark Pitching Stats

G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
1953 31 Giants 1 1 0 0 0 .000 18.00 0 0 0 1.0 5 1 2 2 1 1 - 0 0 0 0 -
G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
1 Year 1 1 0 0 0 .000 18.00 0 0 0 1.0 5 1 2 2 1 1 - 0 0 0 0 -
Alvin Dark

Alvin Dark Hitting Stats

G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
1946 24 Braves 15 13 0 3 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 - 0 0 .231 .231 .462
1948 26 Braves 137 543 85 175 39 6 3 0 48 24 3 36 10 - 2 4 .322 .353 .433
1949 27 Braves 130 529 74 146 23 5 3 0 53 31 3 43 11 - 1 10 .276 .317 .355
1950 28 Giants 154 587 79 164 36 5 16 0 67 39 4 60 11 - 6 10 .279 .331 .440
1951 29 Giants 156 646 114 196 41 7 14 2 69 42 1 39 6 - 6 11 .303 .352 .454
1952 30 Giants 151 589 92 177 29 3 14 0 73 47 5 39 8 - 5 10 .301 .357 .431
1953 31 Giants 155 647 126 194 41 6 23 0 88 28 0 34 12 - 6 19 .300 .335 .488
1954 32 Giants 154 644 98 189 26 6 20 1 70 27 2 40 12 5 5 16 .293 .325 .446
1955 33 Giants 115 475 77 134 20 3 9 0 45 22 2 32 4 2 5 5 .282 .319 .394
1956 34 Giants 48 206 19 52 12 0 2 0 17 8 0 13 3 4 1 5 .252 .279 .340
1956 34 Cardinals 100 413 54 118 14 7 4 0 37 21 0 33 2 4 2 9 .286 .320 .383
1957 35 Cardinals 140 583 80 169 25 8 4 0 64 29 4 56 5 4 4 7 .290 .326 .381
1958 36 Cardinals 18 64 7 19 0 0 1 0 5 2 0 6 0 0 0 3 .297 .318 .344
1958 36 Cubs 114 464 54 137 16 4 3 0 43 29 1 23 2 6 5 13 .295 .339 .366
1959 37 Cubs 136 477 60 126 22 9 6 1 45 55 9 50 7 3 3 4 .264 .342 .386
1960 38 Phillies 55 198 29 48 5 1 3 0 14 19 2 14 2 0 2 5 .242 .315 .323
1960 38 Braves 50 141 16 42 6 2 1 0 18 7 2 13 0 3 1 3 .298 .329 .390
G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
14 Years 1,828 7,219 1,064 2,089 358 72 126 4 757 430 38 534 95 31 54 134 .289 .333 .411
Alvin Dark

Alvin Dark Fielding Stats

POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
1946 Braves LF 1 0 6 1 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 4.50
1946 Braves SS 12 0 33 21 1.8 19 5 14 2 2 n/a n/a n/a .905 15.55
1948 Braves SS 133 129 3,477 671 5.0 646 253 393 25 66 n/a n/a n/a .963 5.02
1949 Braves 3B 4 3 63 10 2.5 9 1 8 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .900 3.86
1949 Braves SS 125 124 3,321 644 5.2 619 232 387 25 76 n/a n/a n/a .961 5.03
1950 Giants SS 154 154 4,068 783 5.1 753 288 465 30 101 n/a n/a n/a .962 5.00
1951 Giants SS 156 156 459 805 5.2 760 295 465 45 114 n/a n/a n/a .944 44.71
1952 Giants SS 150 150 3,966 774 5.2 747 324 423 27 116 n/a n/a n/a .965 5.09
1953 Giants 2B 26 26 639 142 5.5 140 68 72 2 17 n/a n/a n/a .986 5.92
1953 Giants 3B 8 5 153 32 4.0 29 12 17 3 5 n/a n/a n/a .906 5.12
1953 Giants LF 13 12 300 25 1.9 25 24 1 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.25
1953 Giants P 1 1 3 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1953 Giants RF 4 2 66 27 6.8 27 27 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 11.05
1953 Giants SS 110 108 2,835 581 5.3 562 219 343 19 79 n/a n/a n/a .967 5.35
1954 Giants SS 154 154 4,473 812 5.3 776 289 487 36 105 n/a n/a n/a .956 4.68
1955 Giants SS 115 114 2,997 558 4.9 537 213 324 21 70 n/a n/a n/a .962 4.84
1956 Giants SS 48 48 1,296 230 4.8 221 89 132 9 27 n/a n/a n/a .961 4.60
1956 Cardinals SS 99 99 2,571 490 4.9 470 178 292 20 66 n/a n/a n/a .959 4.94
1957 Cardinals 3B 1 1 24 2 2.0 2 0 2 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.25
1957 Cardinals SS 139 134 3,609 720 5.2 695 276 419 25 105 n/a n/a n/a .965 5.20
1958 Cardinals 3B 8 5 153 17 2.1 16 4 12 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .941 2.82
1958 Cardinals SS 8 8 192 35 4.4 33 10 23 2 6 n/a n/a n/a .943 4.64
1958 Cubs 3B 111 111 2,892 350 3.2 332 107 225 18 24 n/a n/a n/a .949 3.10
1959 Cubs 1B 4 4 81 31 7.8 30 26 4 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .968 10.00
1959 Cubs 3B 131 121 3,270 386 2.9 366 111 255 20 20 n/a n/a n/a .948 3.02
1959 Cubs SS 1 0 24 2 2.0 2 1 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.25
1960 Phillies 1B 1 0 6 1 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 4.50
1960 Phillies 3B 53 48 1,290 148 2.8 141 57 84 7 7 n/a n/a n/a .953 2.95
1960 Braves LF 25 25 609 48 1.9 46 44 2 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .958 2.04
1960 Braves 1B 10 4 129 43 4.3 42 40 2 1 4 n/a n/a n/a .977 8.79
1960 Braves 2B 3 0 15 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1960 Braves 3B 4 1 51 4 1.0 4 2 2 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.12
POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
SS Totals 1,404 1,378 33,321 7,126 5.1 6,840 2,672 4,168 286 933 n/a n/a n/a .960 5.54
3B Totals 320 295 7,896 949 3.0 899 294 605 50 56 n/a n/a n/a .947 3.07
LF Totals 39 37 915 74 1.9 72 69 3 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .973 2.12
2B Totals 29 26 654 142 4.9 140 68 72 2 17 n/a n/a n/a .986 5.78
1B Totals 15 8 216 75 5.0 73 67 6 2 5 n/a n/a n/a .973 9.13
RF Totals 4 2 66 27 6.8 27 27 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 11.05
P Totals 1 1 3 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
14 Years 1,812 1,747 43,071 8,393 4.6 8,051 3,197 4,854 342 1,012 n/a n/a n/a .959 5.05
Alvin Dark

Alvin Dark Miscellaneous Stats

SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
1946 Braves 0 0 .000 0 2 n/a 0.0 4.3 13.0 - - -
1948 Braves 4 4 .500 4 0 n/a 181.0 15.1 11.3 - - -
1949 Braves 5 3 .625 2 1 n/a 176.3 12.3 10.0 - - -
1950 Giants 9 3 .750 0 0 n/a 36.7 9.8 8.8 - - -
1951 Giants 12 7 .632 0 0 n/a 46.1 16.6 9.4 - - -
1952 Giants 6 6 .500 1 0 n/a 42.1 15.1 8.1 - - -
1953 Giants 7 2 .778 1 0 n/a 28.1 19.0 7.4 0.00 0.00 9.00
1954 Giants 5 3 .625 0 0 n/a 32.2 16.1 9.2 - - -
1955 Giants 2 1 .667 1 0 n/a 52.8 14.8 10.6 - - -
1956 Giants 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 103.0 15.8 12.1 - - -
1956 Cardinals 3 1 .750 1 0 n/a 103.3 12.5 11.2 - - -
1957 Cardinals 3 4 .429 1 0 n/a 145.8 10.4 9.1 - - -
1958 Cardinals 0 0 .000 5 0 n/a 64.0 10.7 12.8 - - -
1958 Cubs 1 1 .500 3 0 n/a 154.7 20.2 10.8 - - -
1959 Cubs 1 1 .500 3 0 n/a 79.5 9.5 10.6 - - -
1960 Phillies 1 1 .500 3 0 n/a 66.0 14.1 14.1 - - -
1960 Braves 0 0 .000 17 1 n/a 141.0 10.8 7.8 - - -
SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
14 Years 59 37 .615 42 4 n/a 57.3 13.5 9.5 0.00 0.00 9.00
Alvin Dark

Alvin Dark Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1946 Boston Braves 23 Undetermined - -
1948 Boston Braves 2 Undetermined - Stats
1949 Boston Braves 2 Undetermined - -
1950 New York Giants 19 Undetermined - -
1951 New York Giants 19 Undetermined Stats Stats
1952 New York Giants 19 Undetermined Stats -
1953 New York Giants 19 Undetermined - -
1954 New York Giants 19 Undetermined Stats Stats
1955 New York Giants 19 $37,500.00 - -
1956 New York Giants 19 Undetermined - -
1956 St. Louis Cardinals 11 Undetermined - -
1957 St. Louis Cardinals 11 $38,500.00 - -
1958 St. Louis Cardinals 11 $40,000.00 - -
1958 Chicago Cubs 17 "     " - -
1959 Chicago Cubs 17 Undetermined - -
1960 Philadelphia Phillies 1 Undetermined - -
1960 Milwaukee Braves 19 Undetermined - -


Did you know that Alvin Dark won the Rookie of the Year Award in 1948, right after Jackie Robinson won the inaugural year? 1947 and 1948 were the only two years where the prestigious award was given to exactly one player - the single best rookie in the major leagues!

Did you know that Alvin Dark was the first shortstop ever to win a Rookie of the Year Award and the first receipient from the Boston Braves ( Atlanta Braves )?

Did you know that Vern Stephens was the first shortstop in American League history to have two 20+ home run seasons (he actually finished with six; 22 in 1943, 20 in 1944, 24 in 1945, 29 in 1948, 39 in 1949, 30 in 1950)) and his National League counterpart is Alvin Dark (23 in 1953 & 20 in 1954)?

Did you know that Alvin Dark committed a Major League leading 45 errors at short in 1951, a mark that has not been surpassed in either league since he hung up his cleats? Those who have come closest are Robin Yount (44 errors in 1975), Bill Almon (41 errors in 1977) and Jose Offerman (42 errors in 1992).

Alvin Dark led the National League in at-bats in 1953 & 1954, doubles in 1951, was a three time All-Star ( 1951 , 1952 , 1954 ), won two World Series rings (one as a player in 1954 / one as the Oakland Athletics Managers in 1974 ), and is one of the only men in baseball history with a 100-win season as a manager ( 1962 San Francisco Giants / San Francisco Giants Managers ) and a 100 runs-scored season (he had two, one in 1951, and one in 1953).

What do Joe McCarthy, Yogi Berra , and Alvin Dark have in common? They were the first three baseball managers to each win a pennant in both the American and National Leagues. Alvin Dark was manager of the San Francisco Giants (1961-1964), manager of the Kansas City Athletics (1966-1967), manager of the Cleveland Indians (1968-1971), manager of the Oakland Athletics (1974-1975), and manager of the San Diego Padres (1977), completing the feat accomplished by McCarthy & Berra with a 1962 National League pennant and a 1974 American League pennant (and World Series championship).

Alvin Dark, Baseball Card
Alvin Dark | 1975 Topps Baseball Card (#563) | Baseball Almanac Collection
During World War II, Alvin Dark joined the United States Marine Corps, entering their V-12 program, which allowed him to continue his education for another year. At Southwestern Louisiana Institute, Dark played football, the team went undefeated, and in the inaugural Oil Bowl, SLI beat Arkansas A&M University 24-7. Alvin was also a member of the baseball, basketball, golf and track teams. After basic training at Parris Island and Camp Lejeune, Dark was commissioned at Quantico in January 1945 and was sent to the Pacific Theater. While awaiting deployment at Pearl Harbor, Dark tried out for the Marine Corps baseball team, making it easily, and never saw combat in the Pacific Theatre.

Last-Modified: April 6, 2018 3:55 AM EST

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