Walter Alston


Class of 1983

Walter Alston


Class of 1983
Walter Alston managed the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers for 23 seasons.


Birth year

About Walter Alston

His big league playing career consisted of exactly one at-bat – one that ended in a strikeout.

But a little more than 46 years after his Sept. 27, 1936 debut for the St. Louis Cardinals, Walter Alston was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

In between, Alston established himself as one of the best managers in major league history.

“He might be taken for a farmer who came to manage the town team on a Saturday,” wrote Furman Bisher of the Atlanta Journal.

But beneath Alston’s quiet exterior was the heart of a champion.

In 1954, Alston took over a Dodgers team coming off two straight National League pennants – and two straight World Series losses to the Yankees. Brooklyn finished second in the National League that year, but in 1955 Alston guided the Bums to their only World Series championship in Brooklyn.

After another NL pennant in 1956, Alston moved with the Dodgers to Los Angeles in 1958. The following year, a transitioning Dodger club featuring a mix of veterans and youngsters won the NL pennant – giving Alston three flags in six years. Los Angeles went on the win the World Series over the Chicago White Sox.

Four years later, Alston picked up his third World Series ring when the Dodgers – behind NL Most Valuable Player Sandy Koufax – defeated New York again in the World Series. Alston and the Dodgers then won back-to-back NL flags in 1965 and 1966, winning the World Series over the Twins in ’65.

Alston’s Dodgers picked up one more NL pennant in 1974 before the beloved skipper called it a career and went home to Ohio in the waning days of the 1976 season. His final record: 2,040-1,613, good for a .558 winning percentage, seven NL pennants and four World Series titles.

His four Fall Classic wins are topped by only Casey Stengel (seven), Joe McCarthy (seven) and Connie Mack (five).

Alston was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1983. He passed away on Oct. 1, 1984.

The Basics

Year inducted
Birth Place
Venice, Ohio
Birth Year
1984, Oxford Ohio

Career at a Glance

Primary Team
Los Angeles Dodgers
Primary Position
Played For
St. Louis Cardinals, 1936
Teams Managed
Brooklyn Dodgers, 1954-1957
Los Angeles Dodgers, 1958-1976

Career MLB Stats

Winning %

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