Alvin Dark - 1951 Bowman

Alvin Ralph Dark (1922-2014) was a standout quarterback at Southern Louisiana Institute and drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the third round of 1945 NFL Draft, but chose to pursue a career in baseball where he made an immediate impact and won the 1948 National League Rookie of the Year Award. In that 1948 season with the Boston Braves, Dark had 175 hits, 48 RBI and batted .322 in 137 games and was also considered in the year-end Most Valuable Player voting, finishing third. Al played shortstop and third for 14 seasons in the bigs with the Braves (1946, 1948-1949), the New York Giants (1950-1956), the St. Louis Cardinals (1956-1958), the Chicago Cubs (1958-1959), the Philadelphia Phillies (1960) and the Milwaukee Braves (1960). He helped the Giants reach the 1951 and 1954 World Series and he began the 1951 rally in the ninth that led to Bobby Thomson’s “shot heard round the world.” In 1954, Dark batted .412 with 21 hits and four RBI in 16 games as the Giants won the World Series for the first time since 1933. In 1955, Al was presented with the first ever Lou Gehrig Memorial Award honoring the player who best exemplifies Gehrig’s character and integrity on and off the field. Alvin Dark retired with the Milwaukee Braves, after bouncing around the National League, having hit a career .289 with 2,089 hits, 358 doubles, 126 home runs, 757 RBI and three All-Star Game appearances. He added a .960 fielding percentage with 4,168 assists. Following his playing days, Dark became a successful manager in the National and American Leagues. In 1974, he became the third manager in MLB history to win pennants in both leagues. He managed 13 seasons with the San Francisco Giants, Kansas City and Oakland Athletics, Cleveland Indians and San Diego Padres. Al Dark led the Oakland A’s to the 1974 World Series championship, their third consecutive title.



Condition Census (Explain)

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MINT 9 (13)

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