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Walter Alston

Walter Emmons Alston (Smokey)

Position: First Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2", Weight: 195 lb.

Born: December 1, 1911 in Venice, OH
High School: Milford HS (Milford, OH)
School: Miami University of Ohio (Oxford, OH)
as a Free Agent with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1935. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)(All Transactions)
Debut: September 27, 1936 (Age 24.301, 6,721st in MLB history)
Team: Cardinals 1936

Last Game: September 27, 1936 (Age 24.301)
Inducted into the Hall of Fame by Veteran's Committee as Manager in 1983.
   View Walter Alston Page at the Baseball Hall of Fame (plaque, photos, videos).

Died: October 1, 1984 in Oxford, OH
Buried: Darrtown Cemetery, Darrtown, OH
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Standard Fielding

Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG Awards
1936 STL NL 24 1B 1 0 0 2.0 2 1 0 1 0 .500 4.50 1.00 .990 10.35 10.20
1 Season 1B 1 0 0 2.0 2 1 0 1 0 .500 4.50 1.00 .990 10.35 10.20
1 Season TOT 1 0 0 2.0 2 1 0 1 0 .500 4.50 1.00 .990 10.35 10.20
Note: Complete player games played data.
Fielding stats are a combination of official records and RetroSheet records. Both are likely to have substantial errors and will not match perfectly.
View Complete Notes on Fielding Data
Leagues historically made no effort to balance team, league, and player fielding stats. Since 1990 or so, computers have made this feasible, but prior to that there are hundreds or thousands of discrepancies each year in games played (even whether a player played a position), putouts, assists, double plays and errors.
  • Pre-1938 SB & CS data for catchers is estimated from catcher assists, games started and opposition stolen bases.
  • From 1938 on SB, CS, Pickoff, & WP data for catchers and pitchers is taken from play-by-play accounts in the retrosheet files. There are several hundred games without pbp from 1938 to 1973 and for those we may not have any data.
  • CG & GS come from the retrosheet data and should be complete and pretty accurate from 1914 on.
  • Innings played (like SB and CS) come from the retrosheet play-by-play data and should be considered mostly complete from 1938 to 1973 and complete from then on.
  • Stats (PO,A,G, etc) for LF-CF-RF positions (since 1914) is taken from play-by-play or box score data as available.
  • Stats (PO,A,G,etc) for C,P,1B,2B,3B,SS,OF positions is taken from the official reported totals and may have been corrected at various times since their publication.
  • For detailed information on which games retrosheet is missing play-by-play from 1938 to 1973, please see their most wanted games list
  • For detailed information on the availability of data on this site by year, see our data coverage page


Year Tm Lg Age G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
1936 STL NL 24 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 Season 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Appearances table is calculated solely from full RetroSheet play-by-play data available from 1973 on. A combination of RetroSheet (starting with the 1914 season) and non-RetroSheet data is used for other seasons.

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Hall of Fame
1983 Veterans (inducted)
Selected to HOF in 1983
by Veteran's Committee


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Name and misspellings: Walter Emmons Smokey Walter Alston

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