Walter Alston

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Walter Emmons Alston (December 1, 1911 – October 1, 1984), nicknamed "Smokey", was an American baseball player and manager in Major League Baseball (MLB).wikipedia
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1954 Brooklyn Dodgers season

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He is best known for managing the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers from 1954 through 1976, and signed 23 one-year contracts with the team.
The 1954 Brooklyn Dodgers season was the first season for new manager Walter Alston, who replaced Chuck Dressen, who had been fired during a contract dispute.

1976 Los Angeles Dodgers season

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He is best known for managing the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers from 1954 through 1976, and signed 23 one-year contracts with the team.
The big news was when long-time manager of two decades Walter Alston resigned abruptly near the end of the season and was replaced by Tommy Lasorda who would manage the team for two decades himself.

St. Paul Saints (1901–60)

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He was promoted to manage the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1954 after six successful seasons with Brooklyn's Triple-A teams, the St. Paul Saints and Montreal Royals.
Hall of Fame inductees who managed the St. Paul Saints were Walter Alston in 1948 and 1949, and Charles Comiskey from 1895 to 1899.

Montreal Royals

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He was promoted to manage the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1954 after six successful seasons with Brooklyn's Triple-A teams, the St. Paul Saints and Montreal Royals.
Other Royals' players of note include Duke Snider, Don Drysdale, Chuck Connors, Walter Alston, Roy Campanella, Johnny Podres and the winningest pitcher in the history of the team, Tommy Lasorda.

Oxford, Ohio

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Alston grew up in rural Ohio and lettered in baseball and basketball at Miami University in Oxford.

Huntington Boosters

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Alston played minor league baseball as an infielder for the Greenwood Chiefs and Huntington Red Birds in 1935 and 1936, respectively.
Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Walter Alston played for Huntington in 1936.

Nashua Dodgers

His service included a stint as skipper of the 1946 Nashua Dodgers, the first U.S.-based integrated professional team in modern baseball.
Finally, Bavasi settled on Walter Alston to manage the club and play first base.

1936 St. Louis Cardinals season

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Though his MLB playing career consisted of only one game and one at-bat with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1936, Alston spent 19 years in minor league baseball as a player (1935–1939 and 1943), player-manager (1940–1942 and 1944–1947) and non-playing manager (1948–1953).

Roy Campanella

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Alston managed black Dodgers prospects Don Newcombe and Roy Campanella, leading Nashua to a New England League title in 1946.
Campanella's 1946 season proceeded largely without racist incidents, and in one game Campanella assumed the managerial duties after manager Walter Alston was ejected.

Pueblo Dodgers

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Alston led the Pueblo Dodgers to the Western League title the next season.
* Walter Alston (Player/MGR, 1948) Inducted 1976

Los Angeles Dodgers

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He is best known for managing the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers from 1954 through 1976, and signed 23 one-year contracts with the team.
Over the nearly 43 years from 1954 to mid-1996, the Dodgers employed only two managers, Walter Alston and Tommy Lasorda, both of whom are in the Hall of Fame.

Darrtown, Ohio

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Born in Venice, Ohio, Alston spent much of his childhood on a farm in Morning Sun; when he was a teenager, the family moved to Darrtown.
* Walter Alston, former MLB player for the Saint Louis Cardinals and former manager for the Los Angeles Dodgers

Rochester Red Wings

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He split the 1937 season between the Houston Buffaloes and Rochester Red Wings, hitting for a combined .229 batting average.

Buzzie Bavasi

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Dodgers executive Buzzie Bavasi fought for Alston to be hired in Brooklyn.
He promoted the team's French Canadian connection through his team's Quebec-born players, and even attempted to hire Frenchy Bordagaray to manage the team (eventually he settled on Walter Alston).

1958 Los Angeles Dodgers season

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The team finished 21 games back in seventh place (.461) in 1958, the club's first season in Los Angeles.
The New York Times noted that as much as the game was a historic milestone for the franchise, it was a chance for manager Walter Alston to evaluate players under game conditions, especially catchers, following Roy Campanella's offseason auto accident that ended his career before he could ever play for Los Angeles.

Sandy Koufax

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Sandy Koufax emerged as a pitcher for the Dodgers during that championship season.
With Dodgers manager Walter Alston and scouting director Fresco Thompson watching, Campanis assumed the hitter's stance while Koufax started throwing.

Gil Hodges

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The 1954 Dodgers finished second in the NL as both Gil Hodges and Duke Snider hit at least 40 home runs and registered 130 runs batted in.
Under their new manager Walter Alston in 1954 Hodges set the team home run record with 42, hitting a career-high .304 and again leading the NL in putouts (1,381) and assists (132).

1965 World Series

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The Dodgers returned to the World Series in 1965 against Minnesota.
Manager Walter Alston promptly called up 12-year minor league veteran Lou Johnson from Spokane.

Duke Snider

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The 1954 Dodgers finished second in the NL as both Gil Hodges and Duke Snider hit at least 40 home runs and registered 130 runs batted in.
In 1962 when the Dodgers led the NL for most of the season (only to find themselves tied with the hated Giants at the season's end), it was Snider and third-base coach Leo Durocher who reportedly pleaded with manager Walter Alston to bring in future Hall of Fame pitcher (and Cy Young Award winner that year) Don Drysdale in the ninth inning of the third and deciding playoff game.

Jackie Robinson

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Jackie Robinson did not like Alston at first either, according to Robinson's wife.
Robinson missed the game because manager Walter Alston decided to play Gilliam at second and Don Hoak at third base.

Chuck Dressen

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His predecessor, Chuck Dressen, had moved on from the Dodgers after the team's leadership refused to sign him to a two-year or three-year contract.
He was replaced by Triple-A Montreal Royals manager Walter Alston — a veteran minor leaguer who was then a relative unknown to Brooklyn fans and media.

Portsmouth Red Birds

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Alston played for the Portsmouth Red Birds in 1938, finishing the season with a .311 average and 28 home runs as Portsmouth won its only Middle Atlantic League championship.

1955 World Series

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The Brooklyn Dodgers won the NL pennant and their only World Series championship.

1963 World Series

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The Dodgers swept the World Series in 1963, the first time that the New York Yankees had lost a World Series in four games.
Dodger manager Walt Alston went with #3 starter Johnny Podres over #2 starter Don Drysdale because he was left-handed and Yankee Stadium was favorable to left-handed pitchers.

List of Major League Baseball managers by wins

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Alston retired with 2,063 wins (2,040 in the regular season and 23 in the postseason).