This one from Ashburn and Hall- of-Famer Robin Roberts

Schmidt was talking about the Phils needing fifa 15 coins some additional clout, a big stick in the lineup to go with his and Luzinski’s. He said something about “Schmidt-Luzinski-Allen firepower.” Cash was rapping about the brothers on the Phils team and how they could use a veteran to inspire them. And ol’ Richie Ashburn was telling tales about how much the city of Philadelphia had changed for the better. That was as specific as it got, but I got the message: “Come home, Dick. We love you. They’re gonna love you!”

At first I figured it had to be a joke. It’s not my style to return to the scene of the crime. But I had to admit the idea of coming home did fire me up a bit. I always did like surprises – even when the surprises were on me. When they left the farm that day, I hugged them all. I was touched to feel wanted by guys who played for the Phillies.

That visit was followed by another. This one from Ashburn and Hall- of-Famer Robin Roberts. Again, the Phillies attempted to reconcile with their one-time Rookie of the Year. “No specific requests were made and no promises given,” insisted Allen. 100 A few days later the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Commissioner Bowie Kuhn was investigating the Phillies for tampering with the retired slugger. Almost immediately the White Sox sold Allen to the Atlanta Braves. Of course, Allen had no in- tention of playing for Atlanta, not after the painful experience of playing in the South at the start of his career. The Braves quickly realized that fact and, after Kuhn dismissed the tampering charges, dealt him to the Phillies. 101 To make room for Allen, Owens traded first baseman Willie Montanez to the San Francisco Giants for centerfielder Garry Maddox, an excellent defensive centerfielder.

Allen’s decision to return to the Phillies shocked the baseball world. To those who really knew him, though, it was consistent with his approach to the game itself. Allen’s career had always been distinguished by pre- dictable unpredictability. Depending upon the observer’s point of view, that could be a wonderful asset or a dismantling liability. But two things were certain: Allen was blessed with the hugely exceptional talent of a superstar and, at the age of thirty-three, he still had not realized his full potential. He knew it, too. Allen understood that he had not fulfilled any- body’s expectations – the fans’, the baseball world’s, or, sadly, his own. In eleven previous seasons he had hit 40 home runs once, drove in 100 runs three times, and never had the experience of being on a pennant winner.

Only twice did he match the offensive productivity of his 1964 Rookie- of-the-Year season – in 1966 when he belted 40 homers, and in ’72 when he batted .308, hit 37 home runs, and drove in 113 rbis to win the al’s mvp Award. Instead, his career was troubled by an odd assortment of injuries and an inability to cope with people who had difficulty understanding him.102 Perhaps a second chance in Philadelphia was what he needed. He got it.