Al Dark played for the Braves in 1946, 1948-49 and then again in 1960. Al was born on January 7, 1922 and mainly played shortstop.
1948 was an amazing year for the Braves. Al Dark played a major role in what happened that summer.
We all remember Deion Sanders. Dark did even better being a three sport star at LSU. In addition to his baseball talent, he was the high scorer on the basketball team and a backfield player in football and drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles.
After serving a tour of duty during WWII in the Marines, Dark signed with the Braves for $40k bonus. When Dark joined the Braves, we had not won a pennant since 1914. He was a rookie at age 26.
The Braves would turn the corner in 1948 and Dark led the way. As a rookie he batted .322, fourth in the Majors, and was also third in doubles (39) and fifth in hits (175). He also managed a 23 game hitting streak, equaling the modern (post 1900) rookie record.