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Alvin Dark
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Baseball Player
    (January 7, 1922-November 13, 2014)
    Born in Comanche, Oklahoma
    Shortstop for the Boston Braves (1946,1948-49), New York Giants (1950-56), St. Louis Cardinals (1956-58), Chicago Cubs (1958-59), Philadelphia Phillies (1960) and Milwaukee Braves (1960)
    .289 career batting average
    2,089 hits
    126 home runs
    757 RBIs
    MLB Rookie of the Year (1948)
    Three-time All-Star (1951-52,1951)
    Managed the San Francisco Giants (1960-64), Kansas City Athletics (1966-67), Cleveland Indians (1968-71), Oakland Athletics (1974-75) and San Diego Padres (1977)
    994-954 win-loss record
    He ripped off the tip of a finger throwing a metal chair after a loss (June 26, 1961).
    He was nicknamed 'the Swamp Fox' after having the area around first base flooded to prevent Dodgers' speedster Maury Wills from stealing bases (1962).
    He banned Latino players from speaking Spanish to each other and from playing Latin music in the clubhouse.
    He was quoted in 'Newsday' complaining about the number of black and Latino players on the Giants, saying 'They are just not able to perform up to the white player when it comes to mental alertness.'
    His ninth-inning single started the rally that culminated in Bobby Thomson's 'shot heard 'round the world.' (October 3, 1951)
    Giants manager Leo Durocher called him 'the cement that holds the ball club together.'
    He was the first manager to helm All-Star teams for each league: the NL in 1963, the AL in 1975.
    He insisted that he had been misquoted by 'Newsday.'
    He was supported by Willie Mays and Jackie Robinson, who declared 'I have found Dark to be a gentleman and, above all, unbiased.'

Credit: C. Fishel


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