Dick Allen was a great player in a short tenure spent with the Chicago White Sox.
On Monday afternoon, it was announced that former Chicago White Sox player, Dick Allen, has passed away in his home in Wampum. He was 78 years old. Allen was an amazing player in Major League Baseball player that had a lot of accolades. He was an MVP, Rookie of the Year, and a seven-time All-Star throughout his 15 year MLB career. It is clear that the impact that he had on the baseball world was great and he will be missed.
Of course, Allen spent nine years with the Philadelphia Phillies. He also had short one-year tenures with the Oakland Athletics, St. Louis Cardinals, and Los Angeles Dodgers. In the middle of all of that, was three years he spent with the Chicago White Sox. The Phillies were the team he spent the most time with but the White Sox were also a big part of his career.
Allen played for the White Sox from 1972-1974. He was an All-Star in all three seasons that he spent with the White Sox, including the MVP season in 1972. With the Sox, he slashed .307/.398/.589 and had an OPS of .988. He hit 85 home runs and had 242 RBIs in a White Sox uniform which are really good numbers.
Over the course of his Major League Baseball career, he accumulated a WAR of 58.8. That is probably just short of being a Hall of Famer but he was still very good. He ended his career with a batting average of .298 which is awesome over the span of 15 years. He hit 351 home runs and 1119 RBIs. Looking at the numbers makes it seem like he spent the best years of his career with the White Sox, despite being an all-time Phillies great.
It was quite the life and career for Dick Allen. He seems to have made a great impact on a lot of people. His number 15 was just retired by the Phillies organization a few months ago so that tells you everything you need to know about what he meant to that franchise. We wish his family peace and health during this difficult time.