Dick Allen’s Second Act

By Mitchell Nathanson

This article was published in the 2013 The National Pastime.

It is hard to imagine a more polarizing figure in Philadelphia sports history than Dick Allen. Countless gallons of ink have been spilled in furtherance of trying to capture and explain Allen’s stormy relationship with the Phillies and the city of Philadelphia during his 1963–69 tenure with the club. Much less focus has been given, however, to his mid-Seventies return to Philadelphia amid circumstances that were seemingly far different from those in which he left it. Despite these purportedly changed circumstances, Allen departed Philadelphia in 1976 much as he . . .

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