Al Dark

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Birthdate 1/7/1922
Death Date 11/13/2014
Debut Year 1946
Year of Induction
Teams Athletics, Braves, Cardinals, Cubs, Giants, Indians, Padres, Phillies
Positions Manager, Shortstop, Third Base

The 1948 Rookie of the Year, all star Al Dark  finished with 2,089 hits then managed two pennant winners and one World Championship team.

 

In the collection:

Autographed 1955 Al Dark Bowman baseball card

Autographed 1955 Al Dark Bowman baseball card

Largely forgotten, Alvin Dark was the 1948 National League Rookie of the Year and a three-time All Star who played 14 years and amassed 2,089 hits. Along the way he also became the first NL shortstop to hit 20 or more homers in a season more than once. His playing career on its own falls short of Co
One player card, one manager card

One player card, one manager card

As a player Dark is most remembered for his seven years with the New York Giants. Dark reached the All Star game three times from 1951-1954 with New York. He also played for the Braves, Cardinals, Cubs, and Phillies. Shown here is a 1959 card with Dark pictures in his Chicago uniform.
A pair of autographed Al Dark manager cards

A pair of autographed Al Dark manager cards

Though Dark’s San Fransisco teams fared well, averaging 91.5 wins during this three seasons, he gained lasting fame as the pilot for Charlie Finley and the Oakland A’s. Originally hired for the 1966 season, Dark left midyear in 1967 only to be rehired in 1974. His second stint, a two-sea

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