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ALSTON AND THE DODGERS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Before the Mets, there were the Dodgers and there probably was nothing more unreasonable than a Dodger fan. You'll have to rely on his nostalgia for the old Dodgers or his carryover loyalty to the L.A. team for the interest here, which is pretty much like the man--amiable, honest, quiet, ""uncomplicated."" Walter ""Smokey"" Emmons Alston took on the team as manager in 1953; he'd been in professional baseball for some years, playing one year (.000 batting average) and managing thereafter. He talks about coaches, some of the older greats-Robinson, Campanella; some of the newer ones--Wills, Koufax, Drysdale; and some of the very good years they've had. As he says--you can't take the country out of the boy and he's still kept that homegrown manner. A ballpark hot dog without mustard.

Publisher: Doubleday