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October 27, 2010

Dick Allen wasn’t a batting practice guy

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 27, 2010 8:04 pm
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Two quotes on Dick Allen from George Castle’s book ‘When the Game Changed’:

Former White Sox 3B-man Bill Melton:

It was his MO (skipping batting practice). If the game started at 7:30, he got there a quarter to 7, 7 o’clock. He never took batting practice. When he did get there an hour early, he always liked to take ground balls at second base, shortstop, any place but first base. He actually had terrific hands. This guy was a terrific first baseman.

and manager Chuck Tanner:

Nobody had to take batting practice if they could hit like him. (Bleep), he used to sit in the dugout with a bat and not take it. Before 9 o’clock at night, he hit more home runs than anyone in baseball. I talked to him all the time. He said, ‘Y’know, this batting practice, you got guys throwing 40 mph, it throws my timing off.’ I said I don’t care if you do. I witnessed him hitting left-handed in BP.

and another quote from Chuck Tanner:

I don’t know why (Allen is not in the Hall). He’s the best player I ever managed, that carried the team by himself.

2 Comments »

  1. No wonder Tanner loved Allen. Allen could have been AL MVP 3 years in a row if not for injuries. When he broke his leg in 1973 the team was a game out of first and their season immediately vaporized with him gone. When he left in mid-August 1974 due to nagging back and shoulder injuries {that in actuality ended his productive playing career at age 32}, he gave the league’s hitters 40 more games to catch up with him in homers. They didn’t. He won his second HR crown and hit .300 for the 3rd straight year. His career was effectively over by the time he came back to the Phillies with Schmidt’s and Ashburn’s persuasion. For part of 1976 he showed flashes of his old self but little more. I wish the Veterans Committee would give the guy a break. He is obviously humbled by how his career unfolded. He is now a personable, soft-spoken gentleman, appreciative of his accomplishments but never turning away from his shortcomings. He has eaten his humble pie. His statements and interviews setting the record straight are there for all to see who care to inquire. Please vote him in before it’s too late. I guarantee his acceptance speech will be one for the ages–and will show the baseball establishment that the day was long overdue.

    Comment by Frank Kelley — November 12, 2010 @ November 12, 2010 10:46 am | Reply

    • thanks for sharing

      I also think dick allen belongs in the HOF. tim raines too.

      Comment by The Wizard — November 14, 2010 @ November 14, 2010 1:00 pm | Reply


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