Sport: Alvin Dark: Dugout Disciple

When Alvin Dark took over as Oakland's manager this spring, he said he had a model for the job. It was not John McGraw, Miller Huggins, Casey Stengel, or any other successful field boss. "The past few years," announced Dark with a straight face, "I've tried to think of how Jesus Christ would handle ballplayers."

Two months into the season, the obstreperous A's think Dark is anything but a baseball messiah. "The guy's a quack," say some players. His managerial style is unquestionably unusual. If a player ignores his directions, Dark merely contemplates the...

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