Reid: It’s time for Cardinals to honor pioneer Tom Alston

From Alvin Reid at the St. Louis American on July 24, 2019:

As the St. Louis Cardinals prepare to honor third baseman Scott Rolen, and pitchers Jason Isringhausen and Mort Cooper with enshrinement into its Hall of Fame on August 24, it’s time the team consider one of the most important players in franchise history.

He played in just 91 games for the Cardinals, compiling 66 hits and a .244 batting average. His four home runs and 36 RBIs as a Redbird certainly aren’t astounding. So, who is this guy and why on Earth should he be in the Cardinals Hall of Fame?

He’s Tom Alston – and on April 13, 1954 he became the first black player to take the field for Cardinals.

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Originally published: July 25, 2019. Last Updated: July 25, 2019.