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Put him in,
This review is from: Crash: The Life and Times of Dick Allen (Hardcover)
Does Dick ("Richie") Allen belong in the Hall of Fame? Absolutely, in my opinion. So he only played 15 seasons. So he only accumulated 1,848 hits. So he "only" hit 351 home runs. So he had an attitude, a chip on his shoulder. So he was controversial. So the guy was hated by Phillies fans and the media. To all of these things, I say "big deal". As much as he was hated by many for his attitude, he was also highly respected at the same time. No one can argue about this guy's baseball skills. He could hit the ball as far as anyone, and to all fields. He could run. He could throw. His fielding skills were a bit suspect, but his offense made up for it. His lifetime slugging percentage is .534, which ranks 40-something best in Major League history. He was the 1964 N.L. Rookie of the Year and the 1972 A.L. M.V.P. He has the respect of his peers as well, both teammates and opponents, many of whom feel he belongs in the Hall of Fame. He played in an era dominated by pitching - the 1960s and 1970s - yet still put up impressive numbers. Bob Costas has mentioned that Allen's career came before SportsCenter and nightly highlights, so his career has a certain "tall tale aspect to it", where instead of unlimited footage existing of his career, there were stories about his long home runs, what controversy he was involved in, etc.
This book presents Dick Allen's controversial career and the events that took place during his life at this time. Everything from racism to his fight with teammate Frank Thomas is presented. This book shows the real Richie Allen and you'll discover things you didn't know about him before. He could sing very well, too.
I feel the only way Allen will make it into Cooperstown is if the voting method is changed. As long as the baseball writers (who disliked Allen) are voting, he'll never get in. When you're disliked by the writers and a lot of fans as well, it's hard to get into Cooperstown. As long as people continue to put an importance on things that have nothing to do with performance on the field, he and other deserving players will never be voted into Cooperstown. Something needs to be done about the flawed voting system.
I recommend this book.
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Initial post: May 18, 2012 9:58:03 PM PDT
Allen was a good player, but I pause because he used to take the last month of the season off to take care of his horses. You want a guy in the Hall who didn't want to play?
In reply to an earlier post on May 20, 2012 8:31:46 AM PDT
I know somebody who's in a hall of fame who didn't want to play whenever the wind was blowing in. But...he's in, and was inducted in 1995 in his first year of eligibility.
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