Former Dodger Dick Allen passes away.
Dick Allen played for the Dodgers one year in 1971, but the former 1964 Rookie of the Year, and 1972 AL MVP, had a pretty strong year that year. He played in 155 games, hit a solid .295 batting average, with a .395 OBP. He had 165 hits and led the team with 23 home runs. He played in a solid Dodger team but they finished up the year in 2nd place. Dick Allen was very productive wherever he played. He played for the Phillies, Dodgers, White Sox, Cardinals, and finished his career in Oakland. He finished with a career WAR of 58.8. He was also a 7 time All-Star. They say to be considered for the Hall of Fame, you have to have a WAR number in the range between 50-70 which is the range that Dick Allen finished up with. Many players who played with him, and fans who saw him play believe he should be in the Hall of Fame. That is a decision that will be left up to the Veteran’s Committee.
The story goes that Richie Allen swung a 42 ounce bat. Wow, how about that? Think about that. A 40 ounce bat! He once hit a moon shot up on the rooftop of the Phillies old Connie Mack baseball stadium in left field. He once got into a fight with a teammate in Philadelphia named Frank Thomas, but not the Big Hurt Frank Thomas. The next day, Thomas was released. After that, the Philly fans began to heckle him. He hit a monster shot over the scoreboard in right field with bases loaded for a grand slam. The ball did not hit the scoreboard. It went over the scoreboard to the right of the clock. A stat that will stick with you as it did me is that on July 31, 1972 he hit 2 inside the park home runs. It is a miracle if someone hits 2 inside the park home runs in a season. This guy hit 2 in one game.
Rest in Peace Richie “Dick” Allen. I will leave you with this Youtube clip of his 1972 season with the White Sox which was the year he won his MVP award: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OmM8czHkps