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Walter Alston’s Personal 1954 Brooklyn Dodgers Team Panoramic Photograph

Price: $6,500

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When Walter Alston was named by Walter O'Malley to manage the Brooklyn Dodgers on Nov. 24, 1953, the headlines on one New York newspaper the next day read: ''Alston (Who's He?) New Dodger Manager.'' And a sportswriter explained: ''The Dodgers do not need a manager, and that is why they got Alston.'' But the quiet, plodding former farmer and schoolteacher went on to become one of the game’s most respected managers. Under Alston, the Dodgers of Brooklyn and then Los Angeles won seven National League pennants and four World Series championships in 1955, 1959, 1963 and 1965. In 1983 he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. This photo’s astonishing physical attributes aside, its soul is its provenance. It was Alston’s own keepsake, a treasured reminder of the beloved Bums he inherited.

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