Philadelphia, October 29, 2014 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter sent the following letter to the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s Historical Overview Committee at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and to Jeff Idelson, President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, expressing his support for the inclusion of Richard “Dick” Allen on the National Baseball Hall of Fame ballot.
At a press conference announcing his support, Mayor Nutter also encouraged Philadelphians to express their support for Dick Allen’s addition to the Golden Era ballot for the Hall of Fame. “Write letters, make calls, start a social media campaign. Do whatever you can to help this great baseball player and excellent person get the recognition he rightly deserves. Let’s get Dick Allen into the Hall of Fame!”
For more information on the campaign to get Dick Allen into the Hall of Fame, please log on to http://dickallenbelongs.wordpress.com/.
The text of the letter is as follows.
October 29, 2014
Dear Committee Members:
It is with great pleasure, pride, and anticipation, that I write this letter in support of the addition of former Philadelphia Phillie (1963–1969; 1975–1976) and pioneering player, Richard Anthony “Dick” Allen, to the Baseball Hall of Fame Golden Era ballot.
Philadelphia is the fifth largest city in the country and one of the most dynamic sports cities in the world. We are home to some of the most passionate and loyal baseball fans to be found anywhere in the nation—as our Philadelphia Phillies, Eagles, Sixers, and Flyers can attest.
The nomination and induction of Dick Allen into the Baseball Hall of Fame would undoubtedly be an occasion for citywide celebration and inspire untold numbers of fans to visit the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. It would be impossible to adequately describe the impact that Dick Allen’s career has had on the language and knowledge of the history of baseball, America’s national pastime.
A truly great player and a powerhouse in the batter’s box, Dick Allen was named the National League Rookie of the Year in 1964, his first full season with the Phillies.. Over the course of his career in baseball, he hit 351 homeruns. As one of the most powerful hitters of all-time, the then Phillie is believed to have knocked the longest homerun ever hit out of Philadelphia’s Connie Mack Stadium. As the story’s told, the ball landed on Woodstock Street, a full block away from the Stadium.
During his career, Dick Allen was a seven-time Major League Baseball All-Star, a two-time American League Homerun Champion and an American League RBI Champ. He was named the Most Valuable Player twice—once in the American League and once in the National League.
Dick Allen’s career game stats illustrate one aspect of his importance to baseball. Who he was as a man and how that man served as a role model for players who would stand up for fair play both on the field and in their personal convictions in later years may be the most important standard by which he is measured.
On behalf of the citizens and baseball fans of Philadelphia, those who may remember those early career days—including my seven-year old self—and those for whom the legend of Dick Allen has been passed down from parent to child, I ask for your consideration of Dick Allen as a most deserving nominee to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Michael A. Nutter