Tuesday, June 19, 2012

1957 Topps Dick Allen - Athletics

DA Legacy Card using the 1957 Topps design

Today marks the 35th anniversary of the last game Dick Allen ever played in the majors. The game, (the back end of a doubleheader) was played in Chicago's Comiskey Park on June 19th, 1977. In the first game, he started at first base and collected the final two hits his career. The second game, in his final big league at bat, he pinch hit for Tony Armas in the 7th inning, and struck out facing Francisco Barrios.

The next night he was not in the starting lineup. In the sixth inning, he decided to take a "cool down" shower. According to Allen's biography CRASH... A's owner Charlie Finley walked into the clubhouse, questioned DA about the shower and expressed concern about "how it looked". Finley told DA he would have to suspend him "without pay" but he would still pay him "under the table". DA told Finley to "tell the truth, and keep the money". Suspended, he never returned to the club or the majors.


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