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Dick Allen, The Life and Times of a Baseball Immortal

One of the game’s most misunderstood players

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Baseball star Richie “Dick” Allen forced Philadelphians to address the racism that existed in their city during the 1960s. While his candid opinions challenged the white baseball establishment, Allen’s tape-measure home runs earned the admiration of younger fans and fellow players, both black and white. The admiration, as well as Allen’s reputation as “Baseball’s Bad Boy,” continued after he left Philadelphia to play for the St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Chicago White Sox. Named the American League’s Most Valuable Player in 1972, Allen was one of the game’s most misunderstood players. Based on interviews of teammates, family, friends, and Allen himself, this richly illustrated biography with original artwork by Dick Perez explores the star’s personal life as well as his playing career. It is a story about one of the finest baseball players of all time, and one who deserves to be enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

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