Dick Allen: The Life and Times of a Baseball Immortal: An Illustrated Biography

Dick Allen: The Life and Times of a Baseball Immortal: An Illustrated Biography


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Baseball star Richie "Dick" Allen forced Philadelphians to address the racism that existed in their city during the 1960s. While his candid opinions challenged the white baseball establishment, Allen’s tape-measure home runs earned the admiration of younger fans and fellow players, both black and white. The admiration, as well as Allen’s reputation as “Baseball’s Bad Boy,” continued after he left Philadelphia to play for the St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Chicago White Sox. Named the American League's Most Valuable Player in 1972, Allen was one of the game's most misunderstood players. Based on interviews of teammates, family, friends, and Allen himself, this richly illustrated biography with original artwork by Dick Perez explores the star’s personal life as well as his playing career. It is a story about one of the finest baseball players of all time, and one who deserves to be enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764352843
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
Publication date: 06/15/2017
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 252,997
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

William C. Kashatus is author of more than a dozen baseball books, including September Swoon: Richie Allen, the 1964 Phillies, and Racial Integration, which won Elysian Fields Quarterly Review's award for the "Most Important Baseball Book of 2004."

Table of Contents

Foreword Mike Schmidt 7

Preface 8

Chapter 1 Wampum 15

Chapter 2 Baptism by Fire 41

Chapter 3 Rookie of the Year 61

Chapter 4 Boo! 87

Chapter 5 Interlude 121

Chapter 6 Most Valuable Player 141

Chapter 7 Return to Philly 177

Chapter 8 Reconciliation 203

Chapter 9 Hall of Famer in Waiting 219


A Dick Allen's Minor League Career Statistics 233

B Dick Allen's Major League Career Statistics 235

C Dick Allen's Honors and Career and Single-Season Rankings 240

Notes 244

Bibliography 284

Acknowledgments 286

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