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Managing Wins: 9th All-Time (2,040)
Walter Alston
(Walter Emmons  Alston)
"Smokey" | "The Quiet Man."
Born: December 1, 1911        Died: October 1, 1984 (73 yrs.)
Year of Induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame
Induction Position/Capacity
Seasons1st GameLast Game
1September 27, 1936September 27, 1936
Positions Played/Held
1st Base
Teams as Player
St. Louis Cardinals (1936)
Teams as Manager
Brooklyn Dodgers (1954-1957)
Los Angeles Dodgers (1958-1976)
His big league playing career consisted of exactly one at-bat – one that ended in a strikeout.  
But a little more than 47 years after his Sept. 27, 1936 debut for the St. Louis Cardinals, Walter Alston was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.  
In between, Alston established himself as one of the best managers in major league history.  
Alston was elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee on March 10, 1983. The Veterans Committee also elected George Kell, adding to an already impressive class that included Baseball Writers’ Association of America electees Juan Marichal and Brooks Robinson.  
None of them, however, were part of more World Championship teams than Alston, who guided to the Dodgers to four World Series titles during his 23-year tenure with Brooklyn and Los Angeles.  
“He might be taken for a farmer who came to manage the town team on a Saturday,” wrote Furman Bisher of the Atlanta Journal.  
But beneath Alston’s quiet exterior was the heart of a champion.  
In 1954, Alston took over a Dodgers team coming off two straight National League pennants – and two straight World Series losses to the Yankees. Brooklyn finished second in the National League that year, but in 1955 Alston guided the Bums to their only World Series championship in Brooklyn.  
After another NL pennant in 1956, Alston moved with the Dodgers to Los Angeles in 1958. The following year, a transitioning Dodger club featuring a mix of veterans and youngsters won the NL pennant – giving Alston three flags in six years. Los Angeles went on the win the World Series over the Chicago White Sox.  
Four years later, Alston picked up his third World Series ring when the Dodgers – behind NL Most Valuable Player Sandy Koufax – defeated New York again in the World Series. Alston and the Dodgers then won back-to-back NL flags in 1965 and 1966, winning the World Series over the Twins in ’65 before losing to the Orioles in ’66.  
Alston’s Dodgers picked up one more NL pennant in 1974 before the beloved skipper called it a day and went home to Ohio in the waning days of the 1976 season. His final record: 2,040-1,613, good for a .558 winning percentage (12th all-time among managers with at least 1,000 wins), seven NL pennants and those four World Series titles.  
His 2,040 wins rank ninth on the all-time list (Alston is one of only 10 managers with at least 2,000 wins), and his four Fall Classic wins are topped by only Casey Stengel (seven), Joe McCarthy (seven) and Connie Mack (five).  
Alston died on Oct. 1, 1984. (Ref: National Baseball Hall of Fame)
Cards and Other Memorabilia
Walter Alston - DB Records: 14 | Images: 3
1956  Topps
Baseball Picture Cards
Walter Alston  (#8)

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1958  Packard-Bell
Baseball Cards (H801-5)
Walter Alston 

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1960  Morrell Meats
Baseball Cards (F172-2)
Walter Alston 

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1958  Topps
Baseball Bubble Gum
Dodgers' Boss and Power (Duke Snider / Walter Alston) CPC  (#314)

1960  Topps
Baseball Bubble Gum
Walter Alston (Manager)  (#212)

1961  Topps
Baseball Bubble Gum
Walt Alston  (#136)

1962  Topps
Major League Baseball Gum
Walt Alston   (#217)

1964  Topps
Baseball Bubble Gum
Walt Alston  (#101)

1965  Topps
Baseball Bubble Gum
Walter Alston  (#217)

1968  Topps
Baseball Picture Cards
Walt Alston  (#472)

1969  Topps
Baseball Picture Cards
Walt Alston  (#24)

1970  Topps
Walt Alston  (#242)

1971  Topps
Walt Alston  (#567)

1973  Topps
Baseball Bubble Gum Cards
Walt Alston   (#569)

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