Friday, June 24, 2011

1969 Letters in the Dirt: Colorize This!

A couple years ago I posted about Chuck Brodsky's Dick Allen tribute song "Letters in the Dirt". The timeless legend of the words "BOO", "COKE", and "Oct 2" remains part of mythology that accompanies Dick Allen even to this day. If you have never heard the song, treat yourself to a couple of minutes of our friend Chuck Brodsky.

<--- I am not sure what DA is writing in this picture. It looks to me like "GRAS". The problem is I have never read any story referring to a word with these letters involved. Anyone who can help me solve this mystery will be rewarded with a free 8x10 print of their choice from my personal collection.

Anyway, I recently found some nice clean images of DA scratching words into the dirt at Connie Mack Stadium. Today, while I was sitting on a boring "real work" conference call I decided to take another swing at colorizing a black and white image. I chose the infamous "Boo" image because it perfectly summarizes the 1969 Phillies season and Dick Allen's first tour of duty with the Phillies.

After I was done modifying the photo -- I thought the resulting image would make a great new unique computer wallpaper. Here is my 1280x800 version.

Let me know if there is any interest in a larger resolution.


Anonymous said...

"Grass" might be in reference to Allen's distaste for AstroTurf. I once read a quote somewhere attributed to him that went something like, "If a horse won't eat it, I don't want to play on it."

Dick Allen Hall of Fame said...

I thought about that as a possibility.

I think the famous quote came much later in his career, because in 1969 the only "non-grass" field in the majors was in the Houston Astrodome.

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