Dodgers Manager Goes Through Various Emotions – 1955
2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the Los Angeles Dodgers playing at Dodgers Stadium. For the first fifteen of those years at Chavez Ravine, the manager was Walter Alston who was most notably retained by the Dodgers management on a series of one year contracts throughout his career.
Alston started managing the Dodgers in 1954 when they were still in Brooklyn and retired after the 1976 season at the age of 64. During that time Alston won seven NL pennants and four world championships.
This news composite photograph shows Alston managing on June 16, 1955 in Brooklyn against the Cincinnati Reds. Alston shouldn’t have worried so much. After the Reds tied the game 4-4 in the top of the ninth, the Dodgers won the game 5-4 in the bottom of the 9th on a Duke Snider solo homerun, his second homer of the game. Clem Labine picked up his 9th win and the attendance was 6,655.
The Brooklyn Dodgers won only one World Series while in Brooklyn. 1955 would see Alston and the Dodgers defeat the hated New York Yankees in seven thrilling World Series games, sending all of Brooklyn into a delirious state of happiness.
Walter Alston was inducted to the Baseball Hall-of Fame in 1983 and died in 1984 at the age of 72.