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Dick Allen

WSI's Sox Fans' Hall of Fame

Dick Allen
First Basemen.  Chicago White Sox, 1972-1974.
Batted:  right.  Threw:  right.
Born:  3/8/42, Wampum, Pennslyvania.

 

  • 1972 American League Most Valuable Player, one of only three White Sox players to ever achieve the honor.
  • Led the American League in home runs in 1972 and 1974.
  • Led the American League with 113 runs batted in in 1972, the only White Sox player to ever do so.
  • With a .308 batting average, missed winning the American League Triple Crown by 10 points in 1972.
  • Also led the league in on-base percentage (.422 in 1972) and slugging percentage (.603 in 1972, and .563 in 1974).
  • Voted the American League's all star game starting first basemen all three years he wore the White Sox uniform.
  • Set the franchise record for home runs (37 in 1972) not equaled for fifteen seasons (Fisk, 1987) or exceeded for 22 seasons (Thomas, 1994).
  • Set the franchise record with 13 home runs in July, 1972, a record which stood for 26 seasons.
  • Retired from the team on September 14, 1974 to return to his home in Pennsylvania.  Amazingly, he left while leading league's home run race and still managed to win the crown in spite of his shortened season.
  • His three seasons with the White Sox perhaps the greatest ever achieved by any player to wear the uniform, blemished only by a season-ending leg fracture in 1973, brought excitement and fans never seen before at Comiskey Park, the player credited by both the team's manager and general manager with saving the franchise, the ultimate Sox hero in red pinstripes, sometimes known as "Crash" for his ever present batting helmet, the great and enigmatic Dick Allen.

First choice of Sox fans for hall of fame induction from the 1970's era.

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