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Sox Pre Game Live features a segment about Dick Allen and Chili Dog MVP book!

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Andy Masur Podcast Interview with Author John Owens

John Owens joins Andy Masur on his Podcast to talk about the book he co-authored entitled “Chili Dog MVP, Dick Allen, the ’72 White Sox and a transforming Chicago”. It’s the story of Dick Allen’s affect on the team in 1972 and how his impact helped keep the team in Chicago.

Stick around til the end to hear the story of the Chili Dog MVP and what made Dick Allen that guy…

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Remembering Dick Allen 50 years after his Chili Dog Game!

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Queens Chronicle’s 2022 Sports Emmys: “Chili Dog MVP” takes readers back the Windy City 50 years ago

by Lloyd Carroll, Chronicle Contributor

“Chili Dog MVP” (Eckhartz Press) by John Owens and David Fletcher looks back at how mercurial slugger Dick Allen saved the Chicago White Sox franchise with his MVP season. Pitchers Terry Forster and Wilbur Wood, the great knuckleballer, along with charismatic manager Chuck Tanner, helped propel them to their best season in 13 years.

The book is far more than a recap of the ’72 White Sox season as authors Owens and Fletcher do a fantastic job taking readers back to what life was like in the Windy City 50 years ago as they discuss such Chicago institutions as Mayor Richard “Boss” Daley and the city’s top columnist, the colorful Mike Royko, who remains one of my journalism heroes. I learned that hot dogs served with seasoned ground beef were a popular concession item at Comiskey Park.

Read the full article at www.QChron.com…

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“Inside The Game” Interview with Author John Owens

Chili Dog MVP co-author John Owens sits down virtually with Inside The Game‘s Pat Williams (also senior vice president of the NBA™ Orlando Magic) to talk about the new book about Dick Allen, the 1972 White Sox, and Chicago!

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WGN Radio: Co-author of ‘Chili Dog MVP’ believes Dick Allen should be inducted into the Hall of Fame

Steve Dale is joined by John Owens, Co-Author of Chili Dog MVP: Dick Allen, The 1972 White Sox and A Transforming Chicago. John shares details about the process of interviewing previous White Sox players as part of the research for this book; the changes the team and city have gone through over the years, and more. Order a copy today!

Listen to the interview at WGNRadio.com…

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Kurt Bergland’s Baseball World Reviews Chili Dog MVP!

Hot off the presses! Watch this video review of Chili Dog MVP: Dick Allen, the ’72 White Sox and A Transforming Chicago from Kurt Bergland, whose channel provides weekly baseball book reviews!

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Chicago Tribune: ‘Chili Dog MVP’ takes us back to the time Dick Allen electrified Chicago and the White Sox stayed in town

It was almost 20 years ago that I wrote a Tribune magazine cover story titled “Does Baseball Still Matter?” No doubt it does to some, and so you folks enjoy whatever this season brings. But I guarantee that the most excitement you’ll find — short of a World Series win on either side of town — is in the 400-some pages of “Chili Dog MVP: Dick Allen, the ‘72 White Sox and a Transforming Chicago” from publisher Eckhartz Press.

This is a wonder of a book, giving long-overdue justice to the title player, who electrified the team and its fans and the city for an all-too-brief time. Allen was only here for three seasons in a 15-year career that also included seven selections as an All-Star and the 1964 National League Rookie of the Year award.

But in 1972 he electrified. Here are some of the gaudy statistics: .308 batting average, 37 home runs, 113 runs batted in, .603 slugging percentage and 1.023 on-base plus slugging.

Those MVP accomplishments compelled Hall of Fame pitcher and former teammate, pitcher Richard “Goose” Gossage to write in the book’s touching foreword, “Dick Allen was the greatest player I ever had the privilege of playing with.” He calls Allen’s 1972 season “the best year of any baseball player I have ever seen in my 22-year major league career.”

Naturally, Allen is the centerpiece of this compelling and wildly enjoyable book, which is also an ambitious and clear-eyed look at the city in all its racial troubles, societal peculiarities, and messy political and media landscapes.

Read the full article by Rick Kogan at ChicagoTribune.com…

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“Baseball Talk” on WLIS/WMRD Radio: Interview with Chili Dog MVP Authors Dr. David Fletcher and John Owens

WLIS/WMRD Richard Kamins’ Baseball Talk Feb 27, 2022, featuring authors Dr. David Fletcher and John Owens talking about their new book “Chili Dog MVP: Dick Allen, The 1972 White Sox and A Transforming Chicago”. Listen to the show:

Richard Kamins’ Baseball Talk: Feb 27, 2022, featuring authors Dr. David Fletcher and John Owens. Download the MP3…
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Ted Richani of TSC News talks to John Owens and David J. Fletcher about Chili Dog MVP

TSC News TV host Fred Richani interviews Dr. David J. Fletcher and baseball journalist John Owens about their new book chronicling legendary player Dick Allen’s magical run with the Chicago White Sox.

We discuss Allen’s impact, how he literally saved the White Sox from relocation, and why the “Michael Jordan Before Michael Jordan” is still not enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame.