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133. Al Dark
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: January 7, 1922 in Comanche, OK USA
  • Weight: 185 lbs.
  • Height: 5'11"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: July 14, 1946
  • Final Game: October 02, 1960
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1948
  • Rookie of the Year - 1948
  • TSN All-Star - 1954
  • Lou Gehrig Memorial Award - 1955
  • MVP - 1948
  • MVP - 1949
  • MVP - 1951
  • MVP - 1952
  • MVP - 1954
  • MVP - 1957
  • Rookie of the Year - 1948
 
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Alvin Dark had an excellent start in baseball, as he was the Rookie of the Year in 1948 with the Boston Braves.  He was a huge part of Boston’s surprise run to the World Series (they lost to Cleveland), but he was traded to the New York Giants two years later, which proved beneficial for both sides.

With the Giants, he would go to three All-Star Games, have three .300 years, and took them to the World Series in 1954, which they would win.  That year and the season before, he was able to show off some power with at least 20 Home Runs.  Dark was also an above-average defensive player. 

Dark had stops in St. Louis, Chicago (Cubs), Philadelphia, and Minnesota before retiring in 196 with 2,098 Hits.

He would later become a successful Manager, winning pennants in both leagues, and the World Series in 1974 with Oakland.

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Comanche, Oklahoma, U.S.A.
  • Eligible In: Saturday, 01 January 1966
  • Position: Short Stop, Third Base
  • Played For: Boston Braves, Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Braves, New York Giants, Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    World Series Rings (1) (New York Giants 1954) 
    All-Star (3) (1951, 1952 & 1954)
    Rookie of the Year (1948)
    Lou Gehrig Memorial Award (1) (1955)
    Highest Defensive bWAR (1) (NL) (1950)
    Most At Bats (2) (NL) (1953 & 1954) 
    Most Doubles (1) (NL) (1951)
    Most Outs Made (2) (NL) (1953 & 1954)
    Most Assists (1) (NL) (1951)

  • Other Points of Note:

    Top Ten MVP Finishes: 
    (NL: 1948, 3rd) & (NL: 1954, 5th)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (bWAR for Position Players)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Offensive bWAR)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Defensive bWAR)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Batting Average)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Runs Scored)
    7 Top Ten Finishes (Hits)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Total Bases)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Doubles)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Triples)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Stolen Bases)
    8 Top Ten Finishes (Singles)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Extra Base Hits)

  • Notable All Time Rankings: None.
  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame:

    1966: 5.6%
    1967: 13.0%
    1968: 12.7%
    1969: 14.1%
    1970: 18.3%
    1971: 15.0%
    1972: 13.9%
    1973: 13.9%
    1974: 14.8%
    1975: 13.3%
    1976: 16.0%
    1977: 17.2%
    1978: 15.8%
    1979: 18.5%
    1980: 11.2%

  • Should be Inducted As A: New York Giant

Should Al Dark be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 33.3%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 33.3%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 0%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 33.3%

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