Take a look at this story from Sports Illustrated in April 1964, when Dick Allen was a prospect with the Phillies. Interesting read about his raw baseball skills. Notice the comparison to Hank Aaron.
Mitchell Nathanson, author of “God Almighty Hisself: The Life and Legacy of Dick Allen,” recently was a guest on the MLB Network and had the opportunity speak about Dick Allen’s legacy and his case for the Hall of Fame.
Here’s a review of Mitchell Nathanson’s new book about Dick Allen.
Mr. Nathanson will be appearing at the West Oak Lane branch of the Free Library (2000 Washington Lane – 74th Avenue and Washington Lane) on April 7 at 6:30 to talk about the book and sign copies ($34.95, cash only, please).
We’ll also have copies of the petition there for people to sign.
Thanks to Drew Davis for uncovering this nugget:
Over his entire career, Dick Allen’s teams were:
Thanks to Drew Davis for this interesting way to look at Dick’s career stats. This certainly shoots down the argument that he didn’t play enough games to warrant Hall of Fame inclusion.
By Rich D’Ambrosio
The Philadelphia Phillies’ first black superstar, Dick Allen was one of the most feared hitters in baseball in the 1960s. In an era dominated by pitching, he slugged some of the most prodigious home runs and quickly become one of the most exciting players in the game, though he was soon shrouded in controversy.
The Phillies had high hopes as they gathered in Clearwater, Florida, for spring training in 1964. They had acquired a bona-fide ace pitcher in Jim Bunning, were coming off an impressive close to the year before, in which they had the best record in all of baseball in September, and were stocked with bright young stars. All eyes, however, were fixed on a young slugger from a tiny hamlet in western Pennsylvania with the broad shoulders and narrow waist of a Greek Olympian. He did not disappoint.