September 22, 1952 |
Valhalla, New York
|May 17, 1977 for the New York Yankees|
Last MLB appearance
|October 4, 1980 for the Cleveland Indians|
|Runs batted in||35|
Wendell "Dell" Alston (born September 22, 1952 in Valhalla, New York) is an American former right-handed outfielder in Major League Baseball who played for the New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics, and Cleveland Indians. He attended Concordia College, where he participated in college baseball.
On August 21, 1972, Alston was signed by the New York Yankees as an amateur free agent.
Alston made his major league debut on May 17, 1977, with the Yankees at age 24. Alston recorded a hit in his only at bat in his debut. That year, Alston had a batting average of .325 in 40 at bats. After three at bats in the 1978 Major League Baseball season, Alston was traded with Mickey Klutts and $50,000 to the Oakland Athletics for Gary Thomasson. In Oakland, Alston recorded a .208 batting average in 173 at bats, bringing his season batting average to .205. After the 1978 season, Alston was released by the Athletics. On April 5, 1979, Alston was signed as a free agent with the Cleveland Indians. In 1979, Alston had a .290 batting average in 62 at bats. In 1980, he recorded a .222 batting average in 54 at bats. Alston never played in the major leagues again. In 1981, he was released by the Cleveland Indians, officially ending his Major League career.
At the time of his retirement, Alston had a career batting average of .238. He finished with 332 at bats in 189 games. He drove in 35 runs during his career. Alston hit three home runs over the course of his career. His lifetime fielding percentage was .962.
- "Transactions of Dell Alston". www.baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2008-07-23.
- "May 17, 1977, Yankees at Athletics Play by Play and Box Score". www.baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2008-07-23.
- "1980 Cleveland Indians". www.baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2008-07-23.