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MLB: Dodgers Manager Walt Alston Gets New Contract

Oct. 11, 1961 - Walt Alston (pictured with Dodgers owner Walter O’Malley) was signed today to a new one-year contract to manage the Dodgers despite his failure to win the National League pennant with the club that had been ranked as the preseason favorite. The rehiring of Alston at a reported $40,000 salary was a vote of confidence. Alston boasts the longest tenure with the same team of any major league manager. “We are making the announcement at this time instead of November or December,” said general manager E.J. (Buzzie) Bavasi, “because of several ill-advised stories on the subject.” Alston won pennants in 1955, 1956, and 1959 and the series in 1955 and 1959.


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