He’s On the Ballot!

Just got word that Dick Allen has been included on the 2015 Golden Era ballot.

YES!!!!!!!!!!

Here’s the official announcement from the Hall of Fame.

Now the hard work starts….the 16-member Golden Era voting committee will meet during the Winter Meetings to discuss and vote on the 2015 inductees, who will be announced on January 6.

Between now and mid-December, we’ll reach out to the voters to educate them on why Dick Allen belongs in the Hall of Fame.

Thanks for all your support and encouragement.

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Mayor Nutter Endorses Dick Allen for the HOF

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Mayor Michael Nutter with Frog Carfagno and Bill Jenkinson at Philadelphia City Hall.

What a great day in Philadelphia yesterday when Mayor Michael Nutter held a press conference to announce his support for Dick Allen’s name to be added to the Golden Era ballot.

Frog, Bill Jenkinson, and Richard Allen Jr. joined the mayor at the press conference, explaining how the campaign came to be and poining out all the reasons we believe Dick belongs in HOF.

It was a tremendous shot in the arm for the campaign as we come down the homestretch. Newspapers and website acround the country have been carrying the story. It’s truly NATIONAL NEWS!

An announcement about the Golden Era ballot is expected any day now. Keep your fingers crossed.

Thanks again to everyone who has been a part of this noble effort.

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Frog looking over the statistical chart he made.

Frog looking over the statistical chart he made.

Many thanks to Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Mike Sielski for his in-depth feature story on our campaign to get Dick Allen on the Golden Era Ballot.

Mike spent quite a bit of time putting together a great story about why we fell so strong that Dick belong in the Hall.

Read the full story here.

The story is also getting lots of comments here.

We’re coming down the home stretch. Let’s keep swinging for the fences.

R.I.P Bill Campbell (1923-2014)

Let’s all take a moment from our campaign to remember Bill Campbell, the legendary broadcaster who passed away Monday at the age of 91.

It was just a few short weeks ago that we asked Bill to write a testimonial on behalf of Dick Allen’s election to the Baseball Hall of Fame. In just a matter of a day or two, this is what Bill wrote:

June 18, 2014
To the Nominating and Voting Committees of the MLB 2014 Golden Era Ballot:
I have been in the sports broadcasting business for close to 70 years. In 1963 I became the play-by-play voice for the Philadelphia Phillies until 1969. During that time I had the pleasure to meet Dick Allen, who still today will go out of his way to come and say hello to me some 45 years later. Mr. Allen was and still is a true gentleman who treated me with nothing but respect.
When I think of Dick Allen, the first thing that comes to my mind was his tremendous power. I could honestly say he was the most powerful hitter I ever saw. Unfortunately people overlooked his overall baseball skills.
Whether it was a fan, ballplayer or member of the media they always wanted to talk about his power. I clearly understand why that would be the primary conversation piece since most of my highlight reel radio calls are of Dick Allen’s majestic blasts.
Getting back to his ability, Allen was a well-tooled player. He could run, hit for average, hit with power, field and could also throw until an injury to his right shoulder hindered his ability to do so at an above average rate.
During my broadcasting days I saw all the great players; including Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Willie Stargell , Willie McCovey and Stan Musial. Believe me when I tell you that I have no problem putting Dick Allen right up against all of them.
There are not many players in the game of baseball, that when they walked up to home plate the people in the stands would stop what they were doing to just focus in on the batter. They stopped because they never knew what they may witness. It was that mystique of the potential of Allen to hit the ball 500 ft. It is that mystique and his overall baseball talents that give him the credentials to be enshrined in Cooperstown.
Yes, Richard Anthony “Dick” Allen should definitely be in The Hall Of Fame.
Sincerely, Bill Campbell.

Nailed it, didn’t he?

For those of us who grew up listening to Bill broadcast games on the radio and television, there was no one better. His calls of Dick’s mammoth home runs are burned into our memories. His enthusiasm was genuine.

In reading some of the coverage in today’s papers, some interesting facts came out. Of course, we know he was behind the mic for Wilt’s 100-point game in in 1962. From Sam Carchidi’s piece in The Inquirer today:

“In to Chamberlain. He made it! He made it! He made it! A dipper dunk! He made it! The fans are all over the floor.! They’ve stopped the game. People are running out on the court. One hundred points for Wilt Chamberlain!”

Classic!

But did you know Bill was int he business so long he once did a radio show with Connie Mack when he was managing the Philadelphia A’s? (Thanks to Sam for that nugget.)

How many hot summer nights did we sit on a porch in Southwest Philly listening to Bill do his thing? It didn’t matter if the Phils were good or bad, winning or losing. We listened because Bill made it sound like the most important thing in the world at the time with that raspy, jumbled up voice of his.

No one made “Oh baby” sound better than Bill.

So now he’s up in the that big broadcast booth in the sky, sitting next to By and Richie, interrupting his read of a Ballentine commercial when Dick Allen swings his mighty warclub: “There she goes…!”

Thanks for the memories, Bill.