One of Dick Allen’s most rankling minutes to fans was on June 24, 1969. Allen was fined $2,500 and suspended uncertainly when he neglected to show up for the Phillies twi-night doubleheader diversion with the Mets. Allen had gone to New Jersey in the first part of the day to see a steed race and got captured in rush hour gridlock attempting to return.
At the point when the Phillies had at last had enough of Allen’s shenanigans, they exchanged him to the St. Louis Cardinals before the 1970 season. In any case, even that bargain was enveloped by discussion, despite the fact that not of Allen’s doing.
The Phillies had exchanged him to St. Louis in return for agent seth levinson Curt Flood who needed no piece of playing in Philadelphia.
Flood declined to answer to the Phillies as a major aspect of the exchange. (Flood then sued baseball in an unsuccessful endeavor to oust the hold condition and to be pronounced a free operator.)
Flood, it turned out, sat out the 1970 season before marking with the Washington Senators where he played 13 amusements before resigning. The Phillies, who looked for Flood, were given youthful outfielder Willie Montanez.
In the mean time Allen had a gainful 1970 period of 34 HRs, 101 RBIs and .279 with the Cardinals. Be that as it may, in 1971, he was exchanged to the Dodgers and after that to the White Sox where he played from 1972 through 1974.
In 1972, after Allen clubbed a White Sox club record and group driving 34 HRs with a .316 BA, he achieved the zenith of his vocation, winning the AL MVP grant. In 1973 subsequent to accepting the multi year bargain from the White Sox, Allen broke his leg in a base-running crash toward the finish of June and missed whatever is left of the period. In 1974, he returned with 32 HRs and a .301 BA however quit the group, without giving a reason, in mid-September.
Previous Phillies incredible centerfielder, Richie Ashburn, presently doing play-by-play reporting for the group, cajoled Allen out of retirement to rejoin the Phils. Be that as it may, Allen had 2 baffling seasons with the club.
Allen’s vocation arrived at an end in Philadelphia at the finish of the 1976 ordinary season in which the Phillies won the NL East title. He hopped the club over their choice not to incorporate veteran second baseman Tony Taylor on their post-season program for the up and coming NLCS with the Cincinnati Reds. Taylor had been a second base apparatus and a stone of consistency in the Phillies infield all through the majority of the lean last-put completions of the 1960s.
Allen may have had a point with respect to devotion to a player, however the Phils needed to do what was best for the club and Taylor was a maturing player noticeably toward the finish of his vocation. What’s more, after the reiteration of the majority of his past tumult, this was only the garnish on a boring cake.