No disrespect intended, but Inquirer columnist Mike Sielski uses the election of Harold Baines to the Hall of Fame to point out the injustice that is Dick Allen’s exclusion.
They’re both gone now, but in February 2015, Daily News sportswriter and Dick Allen Belongs in the Hall of Fame charter member Stan Hochman sat down with former Philly great Jim Bunning to talk about went on behind closed doors at the Veterans Committee meeting a couple of months earlier. Bunning offers an interesting theory whey Dick fell one vote short.
Author J.R. Gamble argues Dick Allen is an example of how African-American players are treated with a racial double standard when it comes to assessing and criticizing their attitudes and off the field behavior.
Back in 2015, Inquirer reporter Frank Fitzpatrick did a great job explaining how the fight between Dick Allen and Frank Thomas in 1965 still haunts the slugger’s Hall of Fame chances.