San Francisco Giants: 10 best shortstops in franchise history
4. Al Dark (1950-56), New York Giants
Stats: 103 OPS+, .292/.334/.439, 1,106 H, 98 HR, 429 RBI, 605 R
WAR: 27.0 rWAR/23.2 fWAR
Accolades: 3x All-Star
WS Titles: 1
Al Dark was NL Rookie of the Year with the Boston Braves in 1948 when he hit .322/.353/.433 with 48 extra-base hits and 4.3 WAR in his age-26 season to also finish third in MVP voting.
Two years later, he was traded in a six-player deal that also brought second baseman Eddie Stanky to the Giants.
During the four-year span from 1951 to 1954, he played in three All-Star Games while hitting .299/.342/.455 for a 109 OPS+. He averaged 5.1 WAR during that span and proved extremely durable with an average of 154 games played per season.
He finished fifth in NL MVP voting during the 1954 season when the Giants ended up winning the World Series title, and he went 7-for-17 with two runs scored in the Fall Classic.
He was eventually traded to the St. Louis Cardinals in a blockbuster deal midway through the 1956 season that included 10 players and saw future Hall of Famer Red Schoendienst join the Giants.