Alvin Dark

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Alvin Ralph Dark (born January 7, 1922 in Comanche, Oklahoma), nicknamed "Blackie" and "The Swamp Fox", is a former shortstop and manager in Major League Baseball who played for five National League teams from 1946 to 1960. Named the major leagues' Rookie of the Year with the 1948 Boston Braves when he batted .322. After joining the New York Giants he hit .300 three more times and became the first NL shortstop to hit 20 home runs more than once.

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  • Mays continued to trust Dark. He remained noncommittal about his managerial aspirations. "It's too early to think about managing," he told reporters. "I hope to have four or five more years of playing before I think about managing." In September Argosy, a men's magazine, published a story, "Will Willie Super-Mays Be Baseball's First Negro Manager?" Both Monte Irvin and Roy Campanella thought he would be a good skipper. "He knows the game and is a keen student," Campanella said. "I think if he wanted to manage, he'd be successful because he'd have harmony among his players."

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