Walter Alston

Birthdate 12/1/1911
Death Date 10/1/1984
Debut Year 1954
Year of Induction 1983
Teams Dodgers
Position Manager

In 23 seasons as Dodger skipper, Walter Alston presided over seven National League pennant winning clubs and four World Series champions.

In the collection:

Handwritten letter from Walt Alston to Red Patterson

Handwritten letter from Walt Alston to Red Patterson

Walter Alston wrote this letter to Arthur “Red” Patterson, the Dodgers public relations director. Patterson is credited with the origination of old-timers’ games, yearbooks, concession souvenirs and many of the most popular promotional events. He also was the first to pace off a ho
A pair of autographed Topps baseball cards

A pair of autographed Topps baseball cards

Two autographed Walt Alston Topps cards are shown above, the 1961 and 1968 editions. After decades of futility, Alston guided the Brooklyn Dodgers to their only World Series title in 1955, just his second with the franchise. He would manage the club for 23 years helping them win seven NL pennants an
Scouting reports filled out and filed by Alston

Scouting reports filled out and filed by Alston

A pair of interesting pieces reside in the collection. Shown here are the two scouting report file cards filled out entirely by Alston. The card on the top analyzes Ed Roebuck in 1953, a full two years before his big league debut. Alston is high on the Dodger farmhand who would go on to appear in 46
Sparky Anderson praises fellow HoF skipper Walter Alston

Sparky Anderson praises fellow HoF skipper Walter Alston

Sparky Anderson’s Big Red Machine battled the Dodgers for supremacy in the National League for a NL West for much of the 1970s. Anderson managed the Reds from 1970-1978. In every one of those seasons but 1971, either the Reds or the Dodgers came away as Western Division champs. Here the Hall of Fa

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