In 2016 we had a dream, a dream of going into the classrooms of high school students in Philadelphia and educating them about Dick Allen, particularly the racism he faced being the Phillies first African American Superstar. Racism right here in the so called ” City of Brotherly Love.”
It is our belief that Dick Allen was Philadelphia equivalent to New York’s Jackie Robinson, who endured all sorts of racist behavior but still managed to perform at a very high level.
Our dream of bringing Dick Allen’s story into the classrooms of the students in the Philadelphia Public and Catholic leagues became a reality this spring, thanks to a collaborative effort with administrators from both the School District of Philadelphia and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. As most of you know this venture
really took off with the introduction of “CRASH COURSE IN THE CLASSROOM ” in conjunction with the Dick Allen T-Shirt Project, which saw former Phillies pitcher and former Allen teammate Larry Christenson donate close to 1,000 T-shirts that were worn by every varsity high school baseball player who played in Philadelphia and the surrounding area.
Our dream eventually escalated to a press conference that included Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, and Councilman Mark Squilla. LC joined and Richard Allen Jr. also joined us.
The Phillies supplied us with the Phillie Phanatic and also gave away some shirts and hats. It may not seem like much but this is the first time that they came through and rest assured that we were promised in 2020 that the Phillies organization will strongly support their own Dick Allen for the Hall Of Fame.
It was a great day for the Dick Allen Belongs in the Hall of Fame campaign staff to see so so many enthusiastic supporters.