Dick Allen, a seven-time MLB All-Star and American League MVP, died Monday. He was 78 years old.
Allen’s official Twitter account announced the news in a tweet. The Philadelphia Phillies then released a statement on the death of the former infielder and outfielder.
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“With sadness in our hearts, we have to share that Dick passed away this afternoon at his home in Wampum,” the tweet read on Allen’s Twitter account.
The Phillies added, “The Phillies are heartbroken by the passing today of our dear friend and colleague Dick Allen. Dick will be remembered as not only one of the greatest and most popular players in the history of our franchise, but also as a brave warrior who had to overcome far too many obstacles to reach the level he has reached.
“Dick’s iconic status will resonate for generations of baseball fans to come as one of the all-time greats to play the American hobby. He is now reunited with his beloved daughter, Terri. The Phillies offer their condolences to Dick’s widow, Willa, his family. , his friends and all his fans from coast to coast.
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Allen broke into baseball with the Phillies in 1963, playing 10 games for them before becoming a starter in the 1964 season. He would hit .318 and lead the league in treble with 13 this season and was named a rookie of the season. year in the National League. He also finished seventh in the MVP vote this season.
The former star player was racially harassed during his career with the Phillies. In the minor leagues, he faced protests against his game in Little Rock, Ark. He is said to have argued with his teammate Frank Thomas over racial remarks allegedly made in the clubhouse. Years later, Allen said he and Thomas were “good friends”.
He was also abused by Phillies fans who threw fruits and batteries at him on the field.
Nevertheless, he still managed to have a successful career. Allen would play for the St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago White Sox and Oakland Athletics during his 15-year career.
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He won the American League MVP award in 1972 as a member of the White Sox. He led the American League with 37 homers and 113 RBIs this season.
The Phillies retired Allen’s number during the 2020 season.