AL DARK 1963 All-Star Manager 1963 New York Giants Vintage News Wire Photo

DATE SHOT: 1963

SUBJECT: Al Dark

APPROXIMATE SIZE: 8"x10"

MARKS / STAMPING: Associated Press Wirephoto. Stamped file date of Jul. 10, 1963. Caption is embedded in the obverse image as is typical with wire photos.

ORIGINAL or REPRINT: Type 3 - Second or later-generation photo, printed from a duplicate negative or wire photo process, within about 2 years of when it was shot

COMMENTS / CONDITION: CLEVELAND, JULY 9--WHERE DID I GET THIS CROWN--Alvin Dark, manager of the San Francisco Giants and skipper of the winning National League All-Star team, does a double take for photographers in the dressing room today after his team defeated the American League All-Stars, 5 to 3. See scans for further details including condition.

BIO: Alvin Ralph Dark (Blackie, The Swamp Fox) was born in 1922 in Comanche, OK and died in 2014 in Easley, SC. He went to college at Louisiana State University. He played major league baseball from 1946 to 1960 as infielder for the Boston Braves, New York Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies and the Milwaukee Braves, appeared in the 1948, 1951 and 1954 World Series, and was selected 3 times as an All-Star. He was the 1948 Rookie of the Year with the Boston Braves. After his playing career ended, he took over as manager of the San Francisco Giants in 1961 and led the team to the 1962 World Series. That was where he earned his nickname Swamp Fox, when he tried flooding the basepaths at Candlestick Park in order to impede the fast baserunners of the Los Angeles Dodgers. After four years at the helm of the Giants, he was a Chicago Cubs coach in 1965. The next season, he took over as skipper of the Kansas City Athletics, a position he held for almost two seasons. In 1968, Dark became manager of the Cleveland Indians, and the next season he was given the title of the team's General Manager as well. He was fired from both posts in 1971. In 1974, he was named manager of the Oakland Athletics, replacing Dick Williams who had quit in disgust over owner Charles Finley's shenanigans after winning the 1973 World Series. Dark took the club back to the World Series in his first year with them, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers in five games. He remained with the A's through 1975, winning a second division title that year. Dark began the 1977 season as part of the Cubs coaching staff and ended the year as the San Diego Padres manager. He later worked in the Chicago White Sox front office in the mid-1980s.

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AL DARK 1963 All-Star Manager 1963 New York Giants Vintage News Wire Photo
AL DARK 1963 All-Star Manager 1963 New York Giants Vintage News Wire Photo
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