In honor of tonight’s All-Star Game, here’s a clip of Dick Allen’s game-winning home run in the 1967 game in Anaheim.
Here is a quote about Dick Allen from Phillies manager Gene Mauch from a story written by Craig R. Wright. It says a lot about Dick’s reputation among his peers.
“I’ve never been in contact with a greater talent. He was held in absolute awe by every player in the league. He had tremendous power. He had a great feel for the game and he was one of the finest baserunners – which is different from base stealing – that I ever saw.
“If I was managing today and Dick Allen was in his prime, I’d take him in a minute.”
Two Philadelphia-area legislators recently teamed up to bring some statewide recognition to our quest to get Dick Allen properly enshrined in the baseball Hall of Fame.
State Rep. Thomas Murt of Montgomery County and Rep. James Roebuck co-sponsored a resolution in the House of Representatives honoring Dick’s baseball legacy and asking that he be recognized along with the game’s greatest players.
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:
- 59 games over .500 when he started (.517 winning percentage)
- 15 games under .500 when he did not start or did not play at all (.490 winning percentage )