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Tom Edison Alston
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Birth: Jan. 31, 1926
Greensboro
Guilford County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Dec. 30, 1993
Winston-Salem
Forsyth County
North Carolina, USA

Major League Baseball Player. He was a 6'5" first baseman playing for San Diego in the Pacific Coast League when his contract was purchased by the St. Louis Cardinals. He made his major league debut on April 13, 1954, becoming the first African-American to play for the St. Louis Cardinals. He remained with the Cardinals through 1957 and hit .244 with 4 homeruns and 36 RBI's in his major league career. In 1990, Southern singer/songwriter and poet Bruce Piephoff recorded a song which told the story of Tom Alston's journey to the big leagues and the years that followed. The song was titled "Big Foot in the Door." 
 
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 Parents:
  Shube Alston (1891 - 1966)
  Anna Shoffner Alston (1892 - 1945)
 
 Siblings:
  Nellie Alston (1900 - 1921)*
  Leon Alston (1915 - 1990)*
  Mildred Hester Alston (1916 - 1925)*
  Ila May Alston (1922 - 1928)*
  Tom Edison Alston (1926 - 1993)
  Olivia Gray Alston (1938 - 1994)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
New Goshen Methodist Church Cemetery
Greensboro
Guilford County
North Carolina, USA
 
Created by: Decal
Record added: Mar 20, 2006
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