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Six players were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday evening. Dick Allen was not among them.
With the MLB lockout going on, baseball fans got to gather and watch to see which legends would receive induction by the Baseball Hall of Fame. On Sunday, the Era Committees announced their votes as to who would be forever immortalized in Cooperstown from the Early Era and Golden Age classes.
The candidates voted in by the Early Age Committee were Buck O’Neil and Bud Fowler. As for the Golden Age era, Gil Hodges, Minnies Minoso, Tony Oliva and Jim Kaat received induction. One huge snub from the Golden Age was Philadelphia Phillies legend Dick Allen.
The snub of Allen was confusing for many, even baseball experts.
Dick Allen snubbed from Baseball Hall of Fame again
For a player to receive induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame via the Era Committees, they will need to receive 12 votes from the 16-person panel. Unfortunately for Allen, he fell just one vote short with 11. This is the second time this has happened to him.
Allen played in MLB for 15 years, nine of which were with the Phillies. The slugger was named Rookie of the Year in 1964 and selected to seven All-Star Games. In his first season with the Chicago White Sox in 1972, Allen was named AL MVP after recording 37 home runs, 99 walks, 113 RBI, a .420 on-base percentage, a .603 slugging percentage and a 1.023 OPS, all of which led the league.
Overall, Allen recorded 351 home runs, 1,119 RBI, 1,848 hits and a .292 batting average through his career.
Allen’s next chance to receive induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame won’t come until five years time.