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Al Dark

Alvin Ralph Dark (Blackie or The Swamp Fox)

Positions: Shortstop and Third Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 185 lb.

Born: January 7, 1922 in Comanche, OK
High School: Lake Charles HS (Lake Charles, LA)
Schools: University of Louisiana at Lafayette (Lafayette, LA), Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, LA)
Signed
by the Boston Braves as an amateur free agent in 1946. (All Transactions)
Debut: July 14, 1946 (Age 24.188, 7,888th in MLB history)   vs. PIT 0 AB, 0 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1948 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Giants/Braves/Cardinals/Cubs/Phillies 1946-1960

Last Game: October 2, 1960 (Age 38.269)   vs. PIT 5 AB, 1 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB
Died: November 13, 2014 in Easley, SC
Buried: Robinson Memorial Gardens, Easley, SC
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Career Home Runs

For all seasons after 1973, the play-by-play data is complete (summary of missing data for pre-1974). For some games from 1954 to 1973, we do not have complete play-by-play.

Al Dark: 126 Career Home Runs

0 leading off, 1 walk-off, 17 tying, 37 go ahead, 7 lacking some details (For more accurate walk-off HR totals, see the Batting Event Finder)
5 Tms
NYG98
CHC9
STL9
BSN/MLN7
PHI3
 
vs RHP69
vs LHP57
 
Home84
Away42
 
Leverage
High Lev17
Medium Lev37
Low Lev65
8 Opps
LAD/BRO32
CHC17
PIT15
PHI15
BSN/MLN14
STL13
CIN12
NYG/SFG8
68 Pitchers
Preacher Roe7
Warren Spahn4
Russ Meyer4
Turk Lown4
Billy Loes4
Harry Brecheen4
Harvey Haddix3
Ken Raffensberger3
Robin Roberts3
Max Surkont3
Curt Simmons3
Howie Pollet3
Bob Rush3
Murry Dickson3
Paul Minner3
Don Newcombe3
Carl Erskine2
Ben Wade2
Clem Labine2
Sheldon Jones2
11 Parks
Polo Grounds79
Wrigley Fld9
Ebbets Fld8
Shibe Pk7
Crosley Fld6
LA Coliseum5
Sprtsmn3/Busch5
Forbes Fld4
Seals Stad1
County Stad1
Braves Fld1
Where Hit
780
Unk23
915
784
83
891
General field locations
when available.
 
2 Inside the Park
 
Game Totals
1·HR gms120
2·HR gms3
Gms w/ this # = 0
are not shown.
 
OrderPos
2nd82
7th15
8th9
3rd8
6th7
1st4
5th1
Outs
146
241
032
Unk7
 
DefPos
SS104
3B14
2B4
LF3
RF1
Bases
---84
1--20
-2-8
1234
-234
--33
1-32
12-1
 
187 RBI
RISP22
0 on81
1 on33
2 on8
3 on4
Any on45
Inning
118
210
321
420
521
610
76
811
96
Extra3
 
1-349
4-651
7-end26
RelScore
+4..11
+34
+210
+121
Tied29
-119
-29
-36
-4..10
Unk7
 
Ahead46
Tied29
Behind44
Unk7
Before event,
for batter

Play By Play

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1948 HRs#car#yr#gmDate@Bat PitcherScoreInnOutRoBRBIBOPPosWPAbWENotesPlay Description
11111948-06-25BSNPITElmer Singletonb 7---286
22211948-07-04 (2)BSN@PHIRobin Robertsbehind 0-1t 30---1860.11650%Home Run
33311948-07-18 (2)BSN@PITTiny Bonhamahead 1-0t 82---1260.13684%Home Run
1949 HRs#car#yr#gmDate@Bat PitcherScoreInnOutRoBRBIBOPPosWPAbWENotesPlay Description
44111949-04-26BSN@BROPreacher Roetied 0-0t 11---1260.09757%Home Run
55211949-06-30 (2)BSN@NYGSheldon Jonest 5---236IPHR
66311949-07-28BSN@CINKen Raffensbergerahead 2-0t 40---1760.08481%Home Run
1950 HRs#car#yr#gmDate@Bat PitcherScoreInnOutRoBRBIBOPPosWPAbWENotesPlay Description
77111950-04-25NYGPHIRuss Meyerahead 5-1b 40---1260.03594%Home Run
88211950-06-07NYG@CHCDutch Leonardahead 8-3t 72---1860.01898%Home Run
99311950-06-20NYGSTLHarry Brecheenahead 1-0b 42---1760.10976%Home Run
1010411950-06-22 (1)NYGSTLHowie Polletahead 2-0b 82---1660.04197%Home Run
1111511950-06-24NYGCINKen Raffensbergerahead 1-0b 21---1660.09473%Home Run
1212611950-07-02 (2)NYGBSNBob Chipmanbehind 2-6b 91---1760.0122%Home Run
1313711950-07-03NYGBROPreacher Roetied 2-2b 110---1760.357100%Walk-OffHome Run
1414811950-07-04 (1)NYGBRODon Newcombebehind 0-1b 30---1860.11756%Home Run
1515911950-07-04 (2)NYGBROBud Podbielanbehind 0-5b 501-33860.13029%Home Run; Westrum Scores; Gilbert Scores
16161011950-07-17NYG@CINHerm Wehmeierahead 2-1t 42---1860.11470%Home Run
17171111950-07-23 (2)NYG@CHCJohnny Schmitzt 5---176
18181211950-08-11NYG@PHICurt Simmonstied 0-0t 421--2660.23170%Home Run; Irvin Scores
19191311950-08-26NYG@STLHarry Brecheentied 0-0t 40---1360.11962%Home Run
20201411950-09-09NYGBROPreacher Roetied 0-0b 12---1360.10061%Home Run
21211521950-09-09NYGBROPreacher Roeahead 1-0b 60---1360.10584%Home Run
22221611950-09-16NYGCHCJohnny Schmitzbehind 0-3b 411--2360.17740%Home Run; Lockman Scores
1951 HRs#car#yr#gmDate@Bat PitcherScoreInnOutRoBRBIBOPPosWPAbWENotesPlay Description
2323111951-04-28NYG@BROPreacher Roebehind 0-1t 22---1760.10546%Home Run (LF Line)
2424211951-05-01NYGCHCPaul Minnerbehind 1-2b 601234660.24491%Home Run; Thomson Scores; Irvin Scores; Noble Scores
2525311951-05-05NYGPITBill Werlebehind 2-3b 511234760.31888%Home Run; Thompson Scores; Noble Scores; Lockman Scores
2626411951-05-13 (2)NYGPHIKen Heintzelmantied 2-2b 52---1260.15867%Home Run
2727511951-06-09NYGCHCPaul Minnertied 1-1b 50-233260.14289%Home Run; Hearn Scores; Stanky Scores
2828621951-06-09NYGCHCBob Schultzahead 6-1b 60---1260.01299%Home Run
2929711951-06-10 (1)NYGCHCTurk Lowntied 1-1b 41---1660.13367%Home Run
3030811951-06-18NYG@STLAl Brazleahead 3-2t 91---1260.09792%Home Run
3131911951-07-16NYGPITMel Queenahead 4-2b 421--2260.13290%Home Run; Jansen Scores
32321011951-08-24NYGSTLHarry Brecheenahead 2-1b 32---1260.10574%Home Run
33331111951-08-29NYGPITMurry Dicksonahead 2-1b 80---1260.07294%Home Run
34341211951-09-03 (2)NYGPHINiles Jordantied 0-0b 11---1260.10263%Home Run
35351311951-09-16 (2)NYG@PITBill Werleahead 2-1t 51---1260.12074%Home Run (CF-RF)
36361411951-09-25NYG@PHIRobin Robertsahead 1-0t 31---1260.10770%Home Run
1952 HRs#car#yr#gmDate@Bat PitcherScoreInnOutRoBRBIBOPPosWPAbWENotesPlay Description
3737111952-04-23NYGBSNGene Conleybehind 1-2b 20--32760.12166%Home Run; Mueller Scores
3838211952-05-23NYGBSNMax Surkontahead 3-1b 421--2760.13191%Home Run; Mueller Scores
3939311952-06-08NYG@PITHowie Pollett 1---126
4040411952-06-16NYGSTLHarry Brecheenahead 1-0b 20---1660.09576%Home Run
4141511952-06-21NYGCHCJoe Hattenahead 4-0b 821--2760.010100%Home Run (Deep LF); Elliott Scores
4242611952-07-06 (2)NYGPHIRuss Meyerbehind 0-2b 52---1760.12535%Home Run
4343711952-07-30 (1)NYGCHCTurk Lownbehind 0-3b 11---1260.08532%Home Run
4444811952-09-08 (2)NYGBROBilly Loesbehind 0-1b 601--2260.30075%Home Run; Mueller Scores
4545911952-09-09NYGPITBill Bellahead 9-1b 521--2260.004100%Home Run; Mueller Scores/unER; Dark Scores/unER
46461011952-09-11NYGPITHowie Pollettied 0-0b 11---1260.10663%Home Run
47471111952-09-14NYGSTLHarvey Haddixtied 0-0b 10--32260.10174%Home Run; Hofman Scores
48481211952-09-24 (1)NYGBSNSheldon Jonesahead 6-5b 40---1260.10480%Home Run (Deep LF)
49491311952-09-24 (2)NYGBSNWarren Spahnahead 1-0b 51-2-2260.15088%Home Run; Williams Scores
50501411952-09-26NYGPHIRuss Meyerahead 3-0b 30---1260.05490%Home Run
1953 HRs#car#yr#gmDate@Bat PitcherScoreInnOutRoBRBIBOPPosWPAbWENotesPlay Description
5151111953-04-25NYG@BRORuss Meyerbehind 0-1t 31---1260.10747%Home Run (Fly Ball)
5252211953-05-01NYGSTLGerry Staleytied 0-0b 221--2760.18771%Home Run; Thomson Scores
5353311953-05-20NYG@CHCTurk Lownahead 5-1t 41---1260.04991%Home Run
5454411953-06-10NYGMLNVern Bickfordbehind 2-3b 31---1250.11553%Home Run
5555511953-06-24NYG@STLVinegar Bend Mizellahead 2-0t 72---1370.09187%Home Run (LF-CF)
5656611953-07-05NYGBROClem Labineahead 3-2b 22-233240.19485%Home Run (Fly Ball); Westrum Scores; Maglie Scores
5757711953-07-16NYGCHCTurk Lownahead 6-3b 40---1240.05391%Home Run
5858811953-07-19 (2)NYGMLNMax Surkonttied 0-0b 11---1240.09562%Home Run
5959911953-07-25NYGCINFred Baczewskiahead 1-0b 32-2-2240.16181%Home Run; Worthington Scores
60601011953-07-26 (2)NYGCINKen Raffensbergertied 0-0b 11---1290.09562%Home Run
61611111953-07-31NYG@CINBud Podbielantied 0-0t 11---1260.09657%Home Run
62621211953-08-06NYG@CHCBubba Churchahead 9-6t 82-233260.06499%Home Run; Wilhelm Scores/unER; Lockman Scores/unER; Dark Scores/unER
63631311953-08-13NYGBROBilly Loesahead 2-0b 31---1270.07882%Home Run (Fly Ball)
64641411953-08-16 (2)NYGPHIKarl Drewsbehind 0-3b 311--2260.16542%Home Run; Williams Scores
65651511953-08-26NYGSTLHarvey Haddixtied 0-0b 10-2-2260.12073%Home Run; Williams Scores
66661611953-08-30 (1)NYGCHCBob Rushbehind 0-1b 32-2-2260.20563%Home Run; Westrum Scores
67671711953-09-04NYGBROJoe Blackbehind 4-6b 621--2260.28652%Home Run (Line Drive); Lockman Scores
68681811953-09-05NYGBROBob Millikenbehind 2-11b 421--2260.0173%Home Run (Fly Ball); Lockman Scores
69691911953-09-06NYGBROPreacher Roetied 0-0b 11---1260.09562%Home Run (Fly Ball)
70702011953-09-16NYG@CINHarry Perkowskiahead 2-0t 811--2260.10096%Home Run; Williams Scores
71712111953-09-19 (1)NYGPITPaul LaPalmeahead 1-0b 301--2260.13483%Home Run; Williams Scores
72722211953-09-20NYGPITBob Friendtied 0-0b 101--2260.14273%Home Run; Williams Scores
73732311953-09-25NYG@PITBob Friendt 1---126
1954 HRs#car#yr#gmDate@Bat PitcherScoreInnOutRoBRBIBOPPosWPAbWENotesPlay Description
7474111954-04-13NYGBROCarl Erskinebehind 0-1b 311--2260.20965%Home Run; Williams Scores
7575211954-05-14NYGCHCBob Rushbehind 1-3b 511--2260.24454%Home Run; Gardner Scores
7676311954-05-28NYGBROBen Wadeahead 12-6b 80---1260.001100%Home Run
7777411954-05-29NYGBROCarl Erskinebehind 1-2b 62---1260.19052%Home Run
7878511954-06-20NYGSTLVic Raschibehind 0-2b 5112-3260.34169%Home Run; Gomez Scores; Williams Scores/unER
7979611954-07-06NYG@BROPreacher Roebehind 0-2t 401--2260.18250%Home Run; Lockman Scores
8080711954-07-07NYG@BROBen Wadeahead 9-2t 81---1260.002100%Home Run
8181811954-07-09NYGPITPaul LaPalmetied 0-0b 52---1260.15567%Home Run
8282911954-07-10NYGPITMax Surkontbehind 0-5b 311234260.22541%Home Run; Westrum Scores; Taylor Scores/unER; Lockman Scores
83831011954-07-11 (1)NYGPITVern Lawahead 4-0b 22---1260.04691%Home Run
84841111954-08-01 (1)NYGCINHarry Perkowskiahead 2-1b 52---1260.11679%Home Run
85851211954-08-05NYGCHCWarren Hackerbehind 3-4b 52---1260.15852%Home Run
86861311954-08-06NYGMLNGene Conleybehind 0-2b 32---1260.10739%Home Run
87871421954-08-06NYGMLNDave Jollybehind 3-6b 91---1260.0285%Home Run
88881511954-08-08NYGMLNWarren Spahntied 0-0b 41---1360.13166%Home Run
89891611954-08-15NYG@BROBilly Loesbehind 0-4t 52---1260.05013%IPHRInside-the-park Home Run to CF
90901711954-09-01NYG@CINArt Fowlerbehind 4-9t 901--2360.0213%Home Run; Mueller Scores
91911811954-09-06 (2)NYG@PHIRobin Robertsbehind 3-4t 80---1260.24650%Home Run
92921911954-09-09 (1)NYGCHCPaul Minnerbehind 3-6b 81---1260.06312%Home Run
93932011954-09-16 (2)NYGMLNLew Burdettebehind 0-1b 11---1260.10253%Home Run
1955 HRs#car#yr#gmDate@Bat PitcherScoreInnOutRoBRBIBOPPosWPAbWENotesPlay Description
9494111955-04-24NYG@BROBilly Loesbehind 3-5t 91-2-2260.34144%Home Run (Fly Ball); Lockman Scores/unER
9595211955-05-29NYGBROJohnny Podresbehind 1-6b 511--2260.08816%Home Run (Fly Ball to LF-CF); Lockman Scores
9696311955-05-30 (1)NYGPHIMurry Dicksonahead 3-2b 52---1260.11679%Home Run (Deep LF)
9797411955-07-07NYGPHIMurry Dicksonb 6---316
9898511955-07-08NYGBRODon Newcombeahead 1-0b 22-233160.19986%Home Run (Fly Ball); Harris Scores; Westrum Scores
9999611955-07-16NYGMLNWarren Spahnbehind 0-2b 42-2-2660.22651%Home Run; Mays Scores
100100711955-07-18NYGMLNBob Buhltied 1-1b 31-2-2160.17375%Home Run; Gomez Scores
101101811955-07-24 (1)NYGCINArt Fowlerbehind 2-5b 61---1260.08922%Home Run (Deep LF)
102102911955-09-01NYGCINJoe Nuxhallbehind 3-7b 90---1560.0112%Home Run
1956 HRs#car#yr#gmDate@Bat PitcherScoreInnOutRoBRBIBOPPosWPAbWENotesPlay Description
103103111956-05-16NYGCHCBob Rushb 1---126
104104211956-05-20 (1)NYGSTLDick Littlefieldtied 0-0b 32---1160.12864%Home Run
105105311956-06-24 (1)STL@PHICurt Simmonstied 2-2t 51---1260.15462%Home Run
106106411956-08-28STLPHICurt Simmonstied 3-3b 51---1260.15969%Home Run
107107511956-09-15STL@NYGMike McCormickbehind 0-1t 321--2260.23158%Home Run (LF-CF); Del Greco Scores
108108611956-09-19STL@BRODon Newcombetied 0-0t 11---1260.09858%Home Run
1957 HRs#car#yr#gmDate@Bat PitcherScoreInnOutRoBRBIBOPPosWPAbWENotesPlay Description
109109111957-05-14STLNYGRuben Gomezahead 1-0b 31---1260.10275%Home Run (Deep LF)
110110211957-06-08STL@NYGAl Worthingtonahead 1-0t 31---1260.10870%Home Run
111111311957-07-12STL@NYGRuben Gomezahead 2-0t 52---1260.09483%Home Run
112112411957-07-15STL@PHIJack Sanfordbehind 1-6t 82---1260.0081%Home Run
1958 HRs#car#yr#gmDate@Bat PitcherScoreInnOutRoBRBIBOPPosWPAbWENotesPlay Description
113113111958-04-25STL@LADFred Kippbehind 1-3t 61---1250.11430%Home Run (Fly Ball)
114114211958-06-19CHC@MLNWarren Spahnbehind 3-4t 70---1250.20850%Home Run
115115311958-06-21CHC@CINHarvey Haddixbehind 1-8t 72---1250.0041%Home Run (Deep LF)
116116411958-09-26 (1)CHC@LADDon Drysdaletied 0-0t 11---1250.09958%Home Run (Fly Ball to LF-CF)
1959 HRs#car#yr#gmDate@Bat PitcherScoreInnOutRoBRBIBOPPosWPAbWENotesPlay Description
117117111959-07-02CHCSFGEddie Fisherahead 3-0b 42-2-2250.08394%Home Run (Deep LF); Taylor Scores/unER; Dark Scores/unER
118118211959-08-11CHCLADClem Labinebehind 3-4b 101---1850.46958%Home Run (Fly Ball)
119119311959-08-12CHCLADDanny McDevittahead 6-2b 40---1850.03395%Home Run (Fly Ball)
120120411959-08-13CHCSFGMike McCormickahead 13-9b 701234850.009100%Home Run; Averill Scores; Noren Scores; Thomson Scores
121121511959-09-03CHC@SFGJohnny Antonellitied 0-0t 21---1750.11159%Home Run
122122611959-09-26CHCLADJohnny Podrestied 0-0b 211-33750.19682%Home Run (Fly Ball); Thomson Scores; Schult Scores
1960 HRs#car#yr#gmDate@Bat PitcherScoreInnOutRoBRBIBOPPosWPAbWENotesPlay Description
123123111960-05-06PHI@LADSandy Koufaxahead 3-1t 102--32250.05998%Home Run (Fly Ball); Smith Scores
124124211960-05-07PHI@LADStan Williamsbehind 0-1t 60---1250.16350%Home Run (Fly Ball)
125125311960-05-16PHISTLVinegar Bend Mizelltied 0-0b 32---1250.12964%Home Run (Deep LF)
126126411960-08-23MLN@LADStan Williamsahead 2-0t 40---1770.08582%Home Run (Fly Ball)

About the SABR Home Run Encyclopedia

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