Rookie of Year & MVP

By Betty Hoover DiRisio (LCHS Board Member & Volunteer)

Richie “Dick” Allen

Richie “Dick” Allen was born on March 8, 1942 in Wampum Pennsylvnaia and attended Wampum High School. He was signed by the Philadelphia Phillies and started his career on September 3, 1963.

Rookie of the Year and MVP

Allen played first base, third base and left field. He won the 1964 National League Rookie of the Year and 1972 American League MVP. He also played for the White Sox, Dodgers, Cardinals and Athletics. His final game was June 19, 1977.

Richie’s two brothers, Hank and Ron were also pro ball players.

Speak His Mind

Allen was a controversial figure in his time, speaking his mind, combating racism and bucking the organizational hierarchy. Allen was also a R&B singer.

This YouTube video starts out with a song sung by him and tells his baseball history/story through the eyes of a lifelong fan.

LCHS

Lawrence County Historical Society