Richard Anthony Allen was an American professional baseball player. He played for the Philadelphia Phillies and the Chicago White Sox. Allen was inducted into the Baseball Reliquary’s Shrine of the Eternals in 2004. He won the 1964 National League Rookie of the Year Award and the 1972 American League Most Valuable Player Award.
About Dick Allen in brief
Richard Anthony Allen was an American professional baseball player. He played for the Philadelphia Phillies and the Chicago White Sox. Allen was inducted into the Baseball Reliquary’s Shrine of the Eternals in 2004. Allen appeared for the first time as a candidate on the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Golden Era Committee election ballot for possible Hall of Hall consideration in 2015. He and the other candidates all missed getting elected by the committee. Allen’s older brother Hank was a reserve outfielder for three AL teams; his younger brother Ron was briefly a first baseman with the 1972 St. Louis Cardinals. He won the 1964 National League Rookie of the Year Award and the 1972 American League Most Valuable Player Award. He also led the AL in home runs for two seasons; led the NL in slugging percentage one season and the AL in two seasons, respectively; and led each major league in on-base percentage, one season apiece. Allen hit a two-run home run off the Cubs’ Larry Jackson on May 29, 1965 that cleared the Coke sign on Connie Mack Stadium’s left-center field roof. In July 1965, he got into a fistfight with fellow Philadelphia Phillie Frank Thomas. According to two teammates who witnessed the fight, Thomas swung a bat at Allen, hitting him in the shoulder. Allen and Thomas were not permitted to give their side of the story for making racially divisive remarks. In his autobiography, Crash: The Life and Times of Dick Allen, Allen stated that the play “broke our humps” in the fight.
The Phillies retired Allen’s number on September 3, 2020. He was on several All-Star teams including the 1965–67 teams. He led the league in runs, triples, extra base hits, and total bases in 1966 and 1967. His. 534 career Slugging percentage ranks among the highest in what was an era marked by low offensive production. In 2014, Allen was one vote short of the required 12 votes needed for election. The Golden Days Committee is scheduled to vote next in 2021, for induction into the Hall’s Class of 2022. He died in a car accident in August 2013. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, and a son. He had a son and two step-daughters with whom he was very close to becoming a grandfather. He has a daughter with whom she had a daughter who is now married to the former Philadelphia Phillies pitcher, Jim Bunning. Allen has a son with former Phillies pitcher Chris Short, who played in the National League from 1966 to 1970. He will be buried in Philadelphia. He previously served as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles’ baseball coaching staff in the late 1960s and early 1970s. His son, Ron, is a professional baseball coach and has coached the New York Yankees and the San Francisco Giants. Allen is the son of former Philadelphia Phillies player, Bob Allen. Allen also has a brother, Hank, who served as the Phillies’ first base coach in the early 1960s.