Richie ‘Dick’ Allen, former MLB slugger, dead at 78

One of most feared sluggers ever, Allen won Rookie of the Year and MVP honors in 1964 and 1972, respectively

Richie “Dick” Allen, who broke into Major League Baseball in 1964, with the Chicago White Sox, where he was named the National League’s Rookie of the Year, the American League’s Most Valuable Player in 1972, and a seven-time All-Star, died Dec. 7 in Wampum, Pa.


He was 78.

Allen was among baseball’s leading sluggers of the 1960s and early 1970s, playing mostly with the Philadelphia Phillies and White Sox, slugging 351 home runs in 15 major league seasons.

He batted over .300 seven times, though when he hit .316 with the White Sox in 1973, a leg injury had shortened his season to 72 games.

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Richie "Dick" Allen