Dick Allen, fearsome hitter and 7 times All-Star, dies at 78


Dick Allen, the fearsome hitter who was a seven-time All-Star, has died in the 1964 NL Rookie of the Year and 1972 AL MVP. He was 78 years old.

The Philadelphia Phillies, started by Alan, declared dead on Monday.

Allen retired No. 15 in September, an honor many considered long overdue for one of the series’ greatest players to fight against racism during a tumultuous time with the team in the 1960s.

“Velez is mourned by the death of our dear friend and colleague Dick Allen,” the club said.

“Dick will be remembered not only as one of the greatest and most popular players in our franchise history, but also as a brave warrior who has had to overcome many obstacles to get to the level he has reached. Dick’s famous stature will resonate with generations of baseball fans to come as one of them.” All-time greats who play America’s hobby. ”

John Middleton, Phillies’ managing partner, departed from the team’s long-standing “unwritten” policy of eliminating the number of players in the Hall of Fame only to honor Allen.

In 2014, he dropped one vote from Copperstown in the Hall Commission elections.

“I thank the city of Philadelphia.” Allen said in an emotional celebration on a warm and sunny afternoon, although it was tough, I made some friends along the way.

Mike Schmidt, the third Hall of Fame businessman who helped lure Allen out of retirement to return to Philadelphia for a second spell with the team in 1975, was among the former players who attended the ceremony. They wore masks and sat several feet apart during the Coronavirus pandemic that shortened the major league season to 60 matches. The Phillies plan to honor Allen again in 2021 with fans attending.

Schmidt called Allen “a wonderful mentor”, which has been mistakenly described as a “bad fellow” and “troublemaker”.

“Dick was a sensitive black man who refused to be treated like a second-class citizen,” Schmidt said in a speech. “He played in front of the home crowd that was the product of that racist era (with) his racist teammates and different black and white rules. The fans threw things at him, so Dick wore a batting helmet throughout the match. They shouted outrageous racist insults. He was tortured and came from all sides. Dick rebelled. “

Allen answered in his own way, sometimes scratching “Boo” or “No” with his dirt around the bases.

Schmidt noted that Allen had no negative reputation playing for the St. Louis Cardinals, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox. He also campaigned for Allen to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

“My friends, these (negative) posters have kept Dick Allen out of the Hall of Fame,” Schmidt said. “Imagine what Dick could have achieved as a player in another era, in another team, left alone to hone his skills, to be confident, to come to the field every day and just play baseball.”

Allen was Middleton’s favorite player as a child. He described the abuse that Alan had received as “horrific” and indicated that his accomplishments were greater than that given the racism he had been subjected to.

Allen multiplied by 0.292 with 351 egg bugs, 1119 RBIs, and .912 OPS in 15 seasons. He played first base, third base and left field.

After seven years in Philadelphia, where he rose to prominence by hitting balls over the Coca-Cola banner above the runway and outside the Connie Mac stadium in punching training, Allen played a season with the Cardinals and the Dodgers.

In 1972, he joined the Chicago White Sox and was AL MVP. He ended his 15-year career with Oakland in 1977.

Allen was the fifth-largest number of races at home (319) over 11 years (1964-74) behind four Hall of Famers: Hank Aaron (391), Harmon Killebrow (336), Willie Stargill (335) and Willie McCovey (327). Its 940 OPS during that time was second only to the .941 Aaron.

Allen was not elected to the Hall of Fame by the American Baseball Writers Association, and he failed to vote in the 2014 Golden Age Committee vote. The Golden Days Committee and Early Days Committee did not vote this year due to COVID- 19 and instead will meet during the winter of 2021.

Two of Allen’s brothers played the lead role. Hank was a defensive player for seven seasons, mostly with the Washington Senators, and Ron played a total of seven matches with the Cardinals.

“He has now met his beloved daughter Terry. The Felizs offer their condolences to Dick’s widow, Willa, his family, friends, and all his fans from coast to coast,” said Velez.


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