Dick Allen To Receive Philadelphia Legacy Portrait Award

This Sunday September 30th at the Victorian Ballroom in the Germantown section of Philadelphia Dick Allen along with several other African American Pioneers will receive the Philadelphia Legacy Portrait Award.  Richard Allen Jr, the oldest son of Allen will accept the award on behalf of his father who is struggling with some minor health issues. However Dick will make a speech live via Skype.  According to the Legacy website the award is given to people who were Trailblazers who represent a time in Philadelphia history that has been transformed though fortitude and leadership.

Others being awarded is the late Acel Moore, who started as a copyboy at the Inquirer and became one of four Black reporters, including William K. Marimow, now editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer who worked closely with Mr. Moore beginning in 1972.  Trudy Haynes the first Philadelphia Black newscaster brought a face into rooms across Philadelphia. When asked about her motivation in landing such a position, Haynes stated that “because of the lack of Black reporters in the industry. I was never influenced by anyone. My growth and simply brashness on my part.”  Both Acel and Trudy transformed  Philadelphia through their craft and through their influence on their craft.  Tina Sloan Green was the first African American Lacrosse coach and led Temple to 11 NCAA Final Fours and won 3 National Championships and is now in the NCAA Hall of Fame.

Dick Allen was the Phillies first African American superstar. The Phillies had been the last National League team to integrate. Being a Trailblazer Allen had a love hate relationship with Philadelphia. His accomplishments and lasting impact cannot be denied.  Allen hit some of the longest home runs since Babe Ruth and used the heaviest bat in baseball.  Allen finished his career with a .292 lifetime batting average which was extremely high for a power hitter. In spite of the horrid racism he faced in the minor leagues, especially in Little Rock, Arkansas he continued to play at an optimum and now what is being called a Hall of Fame Level. Ironically, Acel Moore was one of the few writers that Dick Allen ever spoke to.

 

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Allen Headlines Fifth Class of Negro Leagues Baseball Museum “Hall of Game”

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (May 1, 2018) – In honor of its fifth induction class, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM) has selected five baseball legends to be inducted into its “Hall of Game.” The announcement was made during a press conference held at the NLBM today.

This year’s class includes 1972 AL MVP Dick Allen, multi-year All-Star and Gold Glove honorees Kenny Lofton and Eddie Murray, and electrifying pitchers James Timothy “Mudcat” Grant and James Rodney “J.R.” Richard. The five Major League Baseball (MLB) greats will be inducted into the NLBM Hall of Game during ceremonies at the Gem Theater on Saturday, June 9, at 8 p.m. Hy-Vee, Inc. will be the presenting sponsor for the fifth consecutive year.

Established by the NLBM in 2014, the Hall of Game annually honors former MLB greats who competed with the same passion, determination, skill and flair exhibited by the heroes of the Negro Leagues. The 2018 inductees will join baseball greats from the previous induction classes, which have included legends such as Roberto Clemente, Joe Morgan, Rickey Henderson, Ozzie Smith and more. In addition to the induction ceremony, Hall of Game honorees also will receive permanent recognition as part of the future Buck O’Neil Education and Research Center being developed by the NLBM at the site of the Paseo YMCA, the birthplace of the Negro Leagues.

“We’re thrilled to honor five former MLB greats this year in honor of our fifth Hall of Game anniversary,” said Bob Kendrick, who has served as the NLBM President since 2011. “These men were truly captivating to watch every time they took the field, and they played with the same spirit, passion and hustle as the men who made the Negro Leagues so special. ”

In one of baseball’s least offensively productive eras, Dick Allen stood out as one of the most dynamic players of the 1960s and early 1970s. Spending time with five teams between 1963 and 1977, Allen twice led the American League in home runs and slugging percentage and once in on-base percentage, while also leading the National League in slugging percentage and on-base percentage for one season each. The 1964 NL Rookie of the Year, Allen earned seven All-Star appearances in 15 seasons, including his unmatched 1972 AL MVP season in which he led the league in home runs (37), RBI (113), walks (99), on-base percentage (.422), slugging average (.603) and OPS (1.023). The first player in the modern era of baseball to hit two inside-the-park home runs in a single game, Allen was added to the Philadelphia Baseball Wall of Fame at Citizens Bank Park in 1994.

The first black pitcher to both win 20 games in a season in the American League and to win a World Series game for the AL, James “Mudcat” Grant spent 14 seasons as a Major League pitcher, racking up a 145-119 win–loss record and pitching in 571 total games. Earning All-Star nods in both 1963 and 1965, Grant was named The Sporting News Pitcher of the Year in 1965 after going 21-7 for the Twins and helping lead the team to the World Series. Following his retirement from Major League Baseball, Grant dedicated himself to studying and promoting blacks in baseball, releasing his book The Black Aces, Baseball’s Only Black Twenty-Game Winners in 2006 and receiving subsequent recognition from President George W. Bush at the White House in 2007.

Six-time All-Star Kenny Lofton was a dynamic crowd favorite from the start. During his first full MLB season in 1992 he stole 66 bases for the Cleveland Indians, breaking the all-time record for an American League rookie. Playing for 11 franchises in his 17-year career, Lofton spent the most seasons with the Indians, helping the organization win six division titles in his 9.5 seasons. Known as a smart, complete player, Lofton complimented his six All-Star appearances with four Gold Glove Awards (1993-1996) and led the American League in stolen bases five times (1992-1996). Making 11 total postseason appearances, Lofton appeared in two World Series, earning a trip to the Fall Classic in 1995 with the Indians and 2002 with the San Francisco Giants.

Considered one of the best first basemen to play the game, “Steady” Eddie Murray played 21 MLB seasons, predominantly for the Baltimore Orioles. As a mainstay in the Orioles lineup from 1977 to 1981, Murray earned three Gold Gloves, two of his three Silver Slugger Awards and seven of his eight total All-Star appearances. Helping the O’s to a World Series victory in 1983, Murray had his jersey retired by the team in 1998 and was inducted into the Orioles Hall of Fame a year later in 1999. Just the third player in history to reach 500 home runs and 3,000 hits following Hank Aaron and Willie Mays, Murray was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on his first ballot in 2003.

After making his MLB debut as a September call-up for the Astros in 1971, James Rodney “J.R.” Richard would develop into one of the League’s premier pitchers. Between 1976 and 1980, Richard was one of the most feared pitchers in baseball, striking out an Astros franchise record 313 batters in 1979. Leading the NL in strikeouts in both 1978 and 1979 and in ERA in 1979, Richard won at least 18 games in each season between 1976 and 1979. After starting the 1980 season virtually unhittable, Richard earned his first and only All-Star selection before suffering a career-ending stroke on July 30. Regarded as one of the great talents of his era, Richard was named by two-time National League MVPs Johnny Bench and Dale Murphy as the toughest pitcher they ever faced.

“Each of these players were phenomenal athletes who achieved remarkable stats and records,” Kendrick said. “Buck O’Neil once said of the Negro Leagues that fans couldn’t go to the concession stands because they were afraid they’d miss something they’d never seen before. That’s how these guys played. Fans couldn’t take their eyes off them because they might miss an incredible play. This year’s honorees embody that wonderful Negro Leagues spirit, and we are delighted to welcome as our fifth induction class of our Hall of Game.”

In addition to the Hall of Game inductions, the NLBM also will be presenting the Jackie Robinson Lifetime Achievement Award for “career excellence in the face of adversity” to the award namesake’s daughter, Sharon Robinson. Just 7 years old when her father retired from baseball, Robinson grew up watching the iconic barrier-breaker embrace key roles in the Civil Rights Movement. Following in his difference-making footsteps, Robinson now serves as the educational consultant for Major League Baseball and manages Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life, a baseball-themed national character education curriculum that helps empower students to face obstacles in their lives.

“There’s no one we would rather honor on this special anniversary year than Sharon Robinson,” said Kendrick. “She’s been a phenomenal voice and champion for diversity in sports and is carrying on her father’s legacy in a powerful and effective way. She has continued to make a positive difference not only in the sport of baseball but also in American culture as a whole. It’s our honor to present her with this award.”

The establishment of the Hall of Game and its annual celebration event holds two purposes: 1) to provide an avenue for the NLBM to continue garnering attention for one of the greatest stories in American history, and 2) to serve as a significant fundraiser to increase the NLBM’s ability to stay relevant with technology and community programming, and to complete the Buck O’Neil Education Center.

“Hy-Vee continues to be a proud presenting sponsor of the NLBM’s Hall of Game induction ceremonies,” said Drew Holmes, senior regional vice president for Hy-Vee’s Kansas City market/southwest region. “We congratulate each of the players for this well-deserved honor.”

The June 9 induction event will include a full day of activities including a press conference, VIP meet-and-greet, reception and dinner at the NLBM followed by the Hall of Game ceremonies at the Gem Theater. The event will be produced by Kansas City-based sports agency Premier Sports Management.

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THE NEGRO LEAGUES BASEBALL MUSEUM
The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum is the world’s only museum dedicated to preserving and illuminating the rich history of black baseball. The museum, built in conjunction with the adjacent American Jazz Museum at the famous 18th & Vine Jazz District, has become an iconic piece of Kansas City’s social and entertainment culture. The NLBM is a privately funded, 501c3 not-for-profit organization incorporated in 1990. The museum’s inception brought together the vision of a group of Kansas City business leaders, historians and former baseball players, headed by the legendary John “Buck” O‘Neil. For more information, visit http://www.nlbm.com, and follow the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum on Twitter @nlbmprez.

This Year’s Inductees:

Dick Allen
• 1972 AL MVP
• 1964 NL Rookie of the Year
• 7-time MLB All-Star (1965-1967, 1970, 1972-1974)
• 2-time AL home runs and on-base percentage leader
• 1972 AL RBI leader
• Philadelphia Baseball Wall of Fame honoree (1994)

James Timothy “Mudcat” Grant
• First black pitcher to win 20 games in a season in the AL (1965)
• First black pitcher to win a World Series game in the AL (1965)
• 2-time MLB All-Star (1963, 1965)
• AL wins leader (1965)
• The Sporting News 1965 AL Pitcher of the Year
• Founder of the “Black Aces”

Kenny Lofton
• 6-time All-Star (1994-1999)
• 4-time Gold Glove Award winner (1993–1996)
• 5-time AL stolen base leader (1992–1996)
• 1994 AL hits leader
• American League rookie record for stolen bases in a season (66, 1992)
• MLB record for stolen bases in a postseason (33, 2007)
• Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame inductee (2010)

Eddie Murray
• 8-time MLB All-Star (1978, 1981-86, 1991)
• AL Rookie of the Year (1977)
• 3-time Gold Glove Award winner (1982-1984)
• 3-time Silver Slugger Award winner (1983, 1984, 1990)
• AL home run and RBI leader (1981)
• Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame member
• Baseball Hall of Fame inductee (2003, first ballot)

James Rodney “J.R.” Richard
• 2-time NL strikeout leader (1978, 1979)
• 1979 NL ERA leader (2.71)
• 1980 MLB All-Star
• Holds Astros franchise record for strikeouts in a season (313)
• Selected No. 2 overall in the first round of the 1969 MLB amateur draft
• Member of the Black Aces

Allen Joins Ted Williams Museum

Back in February, Dick Allen was among the Class of 2018 Inductees in the Ted Williams Museum. Other inductees included Tony Perez, Ron Guidry, J.R. Richard and Charlie Manuel.

WATCH DICK’S ACCEPTANCE SPEECH

The Williams Hall of Fame was founded in February 1994 and is housed inside the Rays’ home ballpark, Tropicana Field, in St. Petersburg. Additionally, the Pitching Wall of Great Achievement was renamed in honor of former Philadelphia ace Roy Halladay.

This is another great honor for Dick Allen on his way to the Bajor League Baseball Hall of Fame!

New Dick Allen Book and Happy Hour

The recently released book about Dick Allen titled; “DICK ALLEN , THE LIFE AND TIMES OF A BASEBALL IMMORTAL”  and Illustrated Biography,  written by William Kashatus can now be purchased at most Barnes & Nobles Stores.  It may also be purchased on the Schiffer Publishing website http://www.schifferbooks.com. Also on Monday July 24th Kashatus will be a guest on WBCB Radio 1490 AM on a segment called THE BULL SESSION. The show is hosted by longtime Phillies Public Address Announcer Dan Baker along with former Phillies slugger Greg “The Bull ” Luzinski. Former Phillies and MLB player Gary Matthews will also be a guest. The show will be taped at Chickie & Pete’s in South Philadelphia at Noon. Kashatus will have books available for sale and signings. Bill also will hang around for a few hours since the Phillies are playing at home that night. Most of Kashatus’s other appearances will be in early August at various Barnes & Nobles stores. The location of the stores will be in Philadelphia, Plymouth Meeting, Chester County and Wilmington, DE.  Bill will let me know the exact date and times when they are confirmed.  You can find that info on Facebook on the Dick Allen Belongs In The Hall of Fame Group page. We ask that you request to be a member if you are not already. Someone had mentioned to me that since this campaign has grown with people who support Dick Allen that perhaps we should have a Dick Allen Happy Hour. I think the 24th of July would be a great day to start.

Book Signing This Saturday

Great news!. The first shipment of Bill Kashatus’ new book about Dick Allen has arrived. He will be signing copies this Saturday, June 17, starting at noon at the Barnes and Noble, 150 West Swedesford Road in Devon.

Call ahead to make sure the book is in stock….610-695-600.

Hope to see everyone there!

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Some holiday discussion points

As you enjoy the holidays, discussion will inevitably come around to whether Dick Allen belong in the Hall of Fame. Here are some facts you can use to back up your argument that, yes, he does indeed Belong in the Hall of Fame.

Below is a link to download the same document so you can print and take with you.

DICK ALLEN CAREER HIGHLIGHT STATS   

  • Dick Allen is 20th All Time with a Career OPS+ of 156
  • In the Live Ball Era, Dick Allen is tied for 13th in OPS+ with Willie Mays, ahead of Hank Aaron and Joe DiMaggio both with a 155 OPS+ 
  • For ten seasons (1964-1973), Dick Allen’s 165 OPS+ ranked FIRST. First. He was ahead of 17 future Hall of Famers including Aaron, McCovey, Frank Robinson, Killebrew, Stargell, Clemente, Yastrzemski, Kaline and Santo.
  • Dick Allen’s career .912 OPS is 55th All Time
  • Dick Allen’s career .534 Slugging is 42nd All Time
  • Dick Allen’s career 69.9 Offensive WAR is 61st All Time
  • For 11 seasons from 1964-1974, Dick Allen had the SECOND HIGHEST Slugging Percentage, trailing only Hank Aaron.
  • Dick Allen’s Offensive WAR from 1964-1974 was 68.3. That ranked him first for all position players, ahead of Hank Aaron (63.7), Frank Robinson (58.8), Carl Yastrzemski (55.2), and Joe Morgan (55.2).
  • Dick Allen is 10th in career Walk Off home runs.
  • From 1964-1974, Dick Allen ranked 2nd in Extra Base Hits per At Ba. Willie Stargell was first, Hank Aaron third, Willie McCovey fourth, Frank Robinson fifth, Reggie Jackson sixth, Willie Mays seventh, Billy Williams eighth, Cesar Cedeno ninth, and Johnny Bench tenth.
  • Among first basemen, Dick Allen has a 31.68 Win Share per 162 games. Only one other player in history was higher: Lou Gehrig.
  • Dick Allen’s Black Ink Test Score of 27 ranks 70th All Time. That is better than 33 current Hall of Famers including his contemporaries Ernie Banks (73), Lou Brock (76), Roberto Clemente (88), Johnny Bench (109), Billy Williams (132), and Willie Stargell (142).
  • Dick Allen’s Grey Ink Test Score of 159 ranks 75th All Time. That’s better than 47 current Hall of Famers including contemporaries Roberto Clemente (81), Rod Carew (90), Ron Santo (96), Brooks Robinson (123), Joe Morgan (127), and Tony Perez (129).                                                                          

    DICK ALLEN QUICK HITS

  • 1964 National League Rookie of the Year Award
  • 1972 American League Most Valuable Player Award
  • 7-time All Star 1965, ’66, ’67, ’70, ’72, ’73, ‘74
  • 2-time American League Home Run Champion 1972, 1974
  • American League RBI Champion 1972
  • 3-time Slugging Percentage Leader 1966, 1972, 1974
  • 3-Time OPS+ Leader 1966, 1967, 1972
  • 2-Time On Base Percentage Leader 1967, 1972
  • WAR Positon Player Leader, 1972
  • Total Base Leader 1964
  • 2-time Runs Created Leader 1966, 1972
  • 3-time Extra Base Hits Leader 1964, 1966, 1972
  • Base On Balls Leader, 1972
  • 20 Home Run Seasons: 10. 1964, ’65, ’66, ’67, ’68,  ’69, ’70, ’71, ’72,  ‘74
  • 30 Home Run Seasons: 6. 1966, ’68, 69, ’70, ’72, ‘74
  • 40 Home Run Seasons: 1. 1966
  • 100 RBI Seasons 3. 1966, 1970, 1972
  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 2 1964 , 1966
  • 200 Hit Season 1.  1964                                                      

POWER! 

Dick Allen hit 20 home runs that traveled over 500 feet in his career. Since the year 2000, only one player has hit a ball over 500 feet.

“Based upon the record of batsmen without the benefit of PED’S, Dick Allen is the single most Mightiest Hitter that Major League Baseball has produced in the last Half Century.”

From Bill Jenkinson, Baseball Historian and author of the book “BASEBALL’S ULTIMATE POWER.” Jenkinson is an expert on Home Runs and the distance they traveled and is a consultant for MLB, MLB TV, ESPN and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

MORE QUICK HITS

Of the top 500 players in Overall Wins, Dick Allen is 84th All Time. Others behind him include Gary Carter 85th, Reggie Jackson 87th, Whitey Ford 97th, Ryne Sanburg 101st, Roberto Clemente’ and Paul Molitor 106th, Jim Palmer and Eddie Murray 120th , Steve Carlton 138th, Harmon Killebrew 145th, Dave Winfield 169th, Willie Stargell 175th, Ernie Banks 196th and Billy Williams 231st.

There are 32 position players in the Hall of Fame who played fewer  games than Dick Allen include Joe DiMaggio, Phil Rizzuto, and Jackie Robinson.   

Since Major League Baseball finally required all teams to put fences around the outfield in the early 1900’s, Dick Allen is one of only two players to hit TWO INSIDE THE PARK HOME RUNS IN ONE GAME.  He accomplished the feat on July 31, 1972 in Minnesota against Hall of Famer Bert Blyleven.     

Dick Allen hit SEVEN inside the park home runs in his career. That ranked him fourth in his era.  First was Willie Wilson with 12. Second were Lou Brock and  Roberto Clemente with eight each. Next was Dick Allen with seven. Willie Mays was fifth with six,  and Mickey Mantle and Billy Williams were tied for sixth with five each.

In Relative Slugging since 1901, Dick Allen ranks 14th with a score of 139.6%. There are only three players from his era ahead of him: Mickey Mantle, Hank Aaron and Willie Mays. The only other players from his era to make the top 20 were Mike Schmidt (15th), Stan Musial (16th), Willie Stargell (17th), and Frank Robinson (18th). 

162 Game Average vs. Other Hall of Famers during the same Era

                               BA            HR           RBI            H            R                          

Willie Mays            .302           36            103           178          112

Hank Aaron             .305           37            113           185          107

Mickey Mantle         .298          36             102          163           113

Dick Allen               .292          33            104         171          102

Willie Stargell         .282           33            106           153            82

Eddie Mathews        .271           35              98           157          102

Ernie Banks             .274          33             105           166            84        

Willie McCovey        .270          33               97           138           77

Orlando Cepada      .297          29              104           179           86 

Frank Robinson       .294         34              105             170         106

Dick Allen’s Rank      6            6                 5               4             5           

                    

Dick Allen vs. Mike Schmidt

  BA HR RBI H R

Dick Allen        .292 33 104 171 102     

Mike Schmidt      .267 37 107 155 101    

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