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A history of baseball integration after Jackie without even a si
A history of baseball integration after Jackie without even a single mention of Dick (Richie) Allen is simply unbelievable!!! It would be like writing a book on great base stealers and omitting Lou Brock.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
A then 20 year old Dick Allen was a ground breaker when he became the first African American to ever play ball in Arkansas (Little Rock minors 1963) where he encountered a racist firestorm with little or no support structure from the Phillies organization. He then proceeded to play in the majors for those same Phillies (the last team to integrate) where most of his legendary contentious episodes with Phillies management through 1969 stemmed from his being a strong black man who refused to "fall in line"... not a popular stance for a black man to take during that tumultuous civil rights era, especially in the poorly named "City of Brotherly Love."
Dick Allen was also part of the first all black lineup in MLB. It is a fact that Danny Murtaugh and the Pittsburgh Pirates were the first team to field an all minority lineup on September 1, 1971..... in the regular season. But a full eight years before that in 1963, Murtaugh was managing in a barnstorming Spring Training game in Asheville, N.C. and he turned in an all black lineup (that included Dick Allen). After much arguing with city/stadium officials, Murtaugh refused to change the lineup card and the game proceeded as such with the first EVER all minority lineup.... albeit a Spring Training game.
That Dick Allen is not even mentioned in this book leads me to wonder about this book's thoroughness and total accuracy.
Posted March 9, 2009
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