Former Kansas City A’s manager Alvin Dark has died. He was 92.
The Robinson Funeral Home in Easley, S.C., said Dark died Thursday at his home.
Dark, the 1948 Rookie of the Year and a three-time All-Star, played and managed for a World Series champion. He was a shortstop with the New York Giants when they won the 1954 World Series.
In 1951, Dark began one of the greatest rallies in baseball history with a leadoff single in the bottom of the ninth inning for the New York Giants in an NL pennant playoff against Brooklyn. Bobby Thomson capped that comeback with a home run that became known as “The Shot Heard ‘Round the World.”
After managing the Kansas City A’s in 1966-67, Dark was the Indians manager from 1968-71. In 1974, Dark was hired as the Oakland A’s and won the World Series that year. The next season, he managed the A’s to the AL West title.