Earlier tonight, I was watching Bob Costas' Studio 42 interview show on the MLB Network. His guest was Dick Allen, who is surprisingly soft-spoken. Mixed in with studio chatter was video of Allen's highlights, as well as comments from Willie Mays, Cookie Rojas, and Stan Hochman (a Philadelphia sportswriter since 1959).
- Allen is friends to this day with Frank Thomas. - He doesn't blame Gene Mauch for 1964's collapse. - His off-field antics and in-game scrawling in the dirt were designed to get him shipped out of Philly. - He was the first black player to play for the minor-league team in Little Rock AR, and took much abuse there.
These shows are usually replayed often [at least the McCarver episode was! :( ] Phillies fans should check it out.