Walter Alston

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Birthdate12/1/1911
Death Date10/1/1984
Debut Year1954
Year of Induction1983
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.

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The Dodgers promoted Walt Alston as manager in 1953; he piloted them four World Series titles

The Dodgers promoted Walt Alston as manager in 1953; he piloted them four World Series titles

The Dodgers were a National League powerhouse when they tabbed the relatively unknown Walter Alston as manager on November 24, 1953.  Brooklyn was a two-time defending National League champion and had reached the World Series four times in the previous seven seasons. Despite the success,
Walt Alston was a Dodger scout and minor league skipper before taking the reigns of the big club

Walt Alston was a Dodger scout and minor league skipper before taking the reigns of the big club

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
Red Patterson was the PR director for much of Alston's time with the Dodgers

Red Patterson was the PR director for much of Alston's time with the Dodgers

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
Sparky Anderson has nothing but praise for fellow Hall of Fame skipper Walter Alston

Sparky Anderson has nothing but praise for fellow Hall of Fame 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
Walter Alston managed the Dodgers in the 1950s, '60s, and 70's

Walter Alston managed the Dodgers in the 1950s, '60s, and 70's

Walter Alston managed the Dodgers for 23 years helping them win seven NL pennants and four World Series titles. Interestingly, his entire reign was a series of one-year contracts. 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
Alston's career ended in 1976 after 7 NL pennants and four World Series titles

Alston's career ended in 1976 after 7 NL pennants and four World Series titles

Walt Alston’s Hall of Fame managerial career came to an end with four games remaining in the 1976 season. His team’s accomplishments left no doubt of his Cooperstown destination. With seven pennants and four World Series championships, Alston is in elite company. At the time of his retir

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