Alvin Dark

first_imgAlvin Dark died recently in South Carolina at the age of 92.  He was suffering from Alzheimer’s.  Alvin Dark came to the major leagues in 1946 and was actively playing until 1960.  He was Rookie of the Year with the Boston Braves when he batted .322 his first major league season.  The Comanche, Oklahoma, native attended LSU before being drafted by the Giants.  He also played for the St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies, and Milwaukee.After his playing days he became a major league manager and led the Giants to 3 pennants.  His managerial career included the Giants, Kansas City Athletics, Cleveland Indians, Oakland A’s, and the San Diego Padres.  This tenure lasted from 1961-1977.Besides Rookie of the Year, he earned the Lou Gehrig Award in 1955.  Most of his playing career was as a shortstop where his fielding was as impressive as his hitting.last_img

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