Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The Rookie From Wampum

I recently discovered that Sports has digitized each of their past magazines. You can now search for and read past articles. They even have scanned versions of the magazines available, including the original advertisements.

Here is what I found in the April 20th, 1964 issue.
The Rookie From Wampum, Pa.
Every year there are two big parades in Philadelphia. One is the Mummers' extravaganza on New Year's Day, when men wearing spangled costumes and feathers atop their heads strum banjos and weave all over Broad Street. The other is the one to third base in Connie Mack Stadium.

Since 1959 nearly four million people have sat in pained fascination and watched 25 different and generally incompetent souls trot out to third for the Phillies, some even weaving from side to side themselves before falling flat on their faces. This week, as the baseball season begins, No. 26 trots out. His name is Richie Allen, and he just might be capable of turning Philadelphia back into a one-parade town.

You can read the rest of this story here.


Anonymous said...

Dick Allen is our "Rebel With A Cause." He has earned the right to be in the Hall of Fame. Thank you Dick for your courage. Lou & Anthony Paul

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