Walter Emmons Alston (December 1, 1911 October 1, 1984), nicknamed 'Smokey,' was an American baseball player and manager. He was born in Venice, Ohio but grew up in Darrtown. He was a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he lettered three years in both basketball and baseball and is a member of the University's Hall of Fame. He maintained his residence in Oxford and died there in 1984 at the age of 72. Alston was a first baseman with the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1936 season. He played in his only major league game on September 27, as a substitute for future Hall of Famer Johnny Mize, who had earlier been ejected from the game. Alston struck out in his only major league at bat on three pitches although the second strike was a long fly ball with home run distance that curved foul at the last second. After returning to the minor leagues for several years as a player and then as a manager including a stint as the player-manager for the first U.S.
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