Dick Allen

Dick Allen autograph
Birthdate03/08/1942
Death Date
Debut Year1963
Year of Induction
Teams Athletics, Cardinals, Dodgers, Phillies, White Sox
Positions Center Field, Designated Hitter, First Base, Left Field, Third Base

A 7-time All Star & 1964 Rookie of the Year, Dick Allen was the AL MVP in ’72. In 2014 he fell 1 vote shy of induction via the Veterans Committee.

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Dick Allen burst onto the baseball scene as Rookie of the Year in 1964; here's the document that called him to the big leagues

Dick Allen burst onto the baseball scene as Rookie of the Year in 1964; here's the document that called him to the big leagues

Dick Allen was setting Triple-A on fire in 1963 with the Arkansas Travelers, finishing the campaign with 33 homers, 97 RBI, and a .289 average. His fine play was rewarded with a big league call up. This document called up Allen on August 26, 1963 for his MLB debut that happened a mere eight days lat
Dick Allen's signature appeared on stamped autographed baseballs in souvenir stands; this contract paid him one cent per ball sold

Dick Allen's signature appeared on stamped autographed baseballs in souvenir stands; this contract paid him one cent per ball sold

For years in souvenir stands at MLB stadiums offered baseballs with stamped signatures of the home team. In the collection is a contract signed by Dick Allen agreeing to have his autograph appear on those balls. The terms of the contract? Allen received one cent per ball sold. The contract is dated

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