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15. Dick Allen

It is next to impossible to discuss Dick Allen and his tenure with Philadelphia without mentioning the controversy that surrounded him.

It needs to mentioned that Allen was the first black star for the Phillies, and this was at a time when all of the other teams in MLB had integrated had African-American players of note.  Allen suffered through severe racism as the first black player for their minor league team in Little Rock and despite being an instant star with Philadelphia the racially charged city often targeted him.

The Phillies to retire Dick Allen's number next month

Regular visitors of know that we are slowly working on the top 50 of every major team in the NHL, NBA, NFL and MLB. Once that is done, we intend to look at how each team honor their past players, coaches and executives.  As such, it is news to us that the Philadelphia Phillies will be retiring the number 15 of Dick Allen.

This is especially notable as the Phillies have had a policy of not retiring the numbers of players unless they have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.  Allen was on the writer’s ballot fourteen times, finishing as high as 18.9% in 1996. Since that time, he has appeared on the Veteran’s Committee Ballot, where he was one vote shy in 2014.  He is eligible on this year’s Golden Days Committee, where he is expected to be on the ballot.  This move by the Phillies could help propel Allen into Cooperstown.

Allen played nine of his fifteen years as a Phillie where he had 1,143 Hits, 204 Home Runs and had a Slash Line of .290/.371/.530.  He is currently ranked #18 on our latest list of those to consider for the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The induction is scheduled for September 3, with a ceremony planned next season when fans are (hopefully) allowed back in the ballpark.

We here at would like congratulate Dick Allen for this impending honor.

39. Dick Allen

Dick Allen might be most commonly associated with the Philadelphia Phillies, but it is was with the Chicago White Sox where he played the best three consecutive seasons of his life.

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18. Dick Allen

If Dick Allen was playing today would he dominate Sports Radio and TMZ with his antics?  There is a good chance as when Dick (Formerly Richard) Allen played; he was as good as he was controversial.

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