Jan. 31, 1926 Greensboro Guilford County North Carolina, USA
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."