Saturday, August 2, 2008

1953 Topps Project - Post #25

#109 - Alvin Dark - New York Giants

Alvin Dark captured Rookie of the Year honors in 1948 with the Boston Braves. His .322 batting average during that rookie campaign was the highest he would bat in any one season of his career. Although he never hit for quite so high an average again, he definitely put together a few good seasons before calling it quits in 1960.

Alvin was elected an All-Star in 1951, 1952 and 1954. The strange thing is that you could argue the one year in that stretch when he wasn't elected, 1953, was the best offensive year he ever had. Dark would bat .300 while clubbing career highs with 23 home runs and 88 RBI in that 1953 season.

In 1954 Alvin had a hit in every game of the World Series (batting .412), helping his team to a World Series win over the Cleveland Indians. He was the first ever recipient of the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award in 1955. Alvin went on to have a lot of success as a big league manager after he had played his last game. He would manage for the Giants, Athletics, Indians and Padres.

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