November 25, 1953 headline in New York Daily News:
Although some writers and fans questioned Walter O’Malley’s choice of Walter Alston as the new Dodger Manager for the 1954 season, everyone found out right away that he was to the right man for the job. His credentials had included a successful minor league managing career, including pennant-winning seasons in the American Association and a Little World Series title for the International League’s Montreal Royals against the Kansas City Blues (New York Yankees’ farm club). The reserved Alston, who had played in only one major league game for St. Louis, would eventually work for 23 seasons for the Dodgers and win four World Series titles (1955, 1959, 1963 and 1965).
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