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Dodgers rehire Alston, August 14 1958

August 14, 2008 |  6:30 am


Dodgers rehire Walt Alston for another year, August 14, 1958 By Keith Thursby
Times staff writer

The Dodgers decided their disappointing first season in Los Angeles shouldn't be blamed on Manager Walt Alston and rehired him for the 1959 season.

The Times' Frank Finch reported that the announcement "was met by a spontaneous burst of applause from press and radio representatives" attending the news conference.

"Alston can't think, hit, throw or run for his players," General Manager Buzzie Bavasi said. "He has managed in our organization for 14 years and never finished worse than third. I believe he is entitled to one bad year."

The Times had reported the Dodgers' faith in Alston earlier in the season when owner Walter O'Malley backed the manager during an interview in Brooklyn (of all places). But the paper had also spectulated about a replacement. On Aug. 2, the Times' Al Wolf suggested that Yankees Manager Casey Stengel might leave New York to take over the Dodgers.

Bavasi said he "didn't even ask Alston if he wanted to manage our club next year. I just assumed he did."

Looking back, of course, the decision was genius. A year later, Alston would be leading the team into the World Series where they would defeat the Chicago White Sox.  Alston would end up in the Hall of Fame. Nice hire.

keith.thursby@latimes.com


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