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Outside The Confines: Remembering Dick Allen

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Allen made the rounds in his career, but the one place he still hasn’t gotten is the Hall of Fame

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On December 7th, at the age of 78, Dick Allen passed away in his hometown of Wampum, PA. Allen, a Rookie of the Year, a seven-time All-Star, and a league MVP in his 15 major league seasons touched the hearts of many, and was remembered by fans (especially of the Phillies and White Sox), and by writers alike.

Allen’s passing has been the biggest story of the week, because it’s one more name in a list of baseball legends who we lost this year. But Allen’s passing feels extra difficult right now as Hall of Fame ballots circulate, because in spite of all his career accolades, it was an achievement Allen never got in his lifetime.

He would have been eligible this winter to be selected as an Era’s Committee induction option, but the Era’s Committee has opted not to select any options this winter in light of COVID-19, meaning Dick Allen’s hopes of making it to the Hall of Fame must be postponed at least one more year.

In light of his passing many great baseball minds have reflected on the man fondly, and we’ll lead off links today with those myriad remembrances. These stories are important to share, especially now, because most modern Hall of Fame experts agree that Allen wasn’t left out of the Hall because he lacked the credentials, but rather because he was an outspoken Black man in a time when the media (especially Hall voters) just wasn’t prepared to face that.

And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Buster. Make it so.