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“Chili Dog MVP” Authors speak at Headlines from History series In-person at Cantigny Park

The Robert R. McCormick House at Cantigny Park resumed its Headlines from History series with a presentation by the authors of “Chili Dog MVP: Dick Allen, the ’72 White Sox, and a Transforming Chicago.”

Co-Author Dr. David Fletcher talked about a unique time and place in baseball and Chicago history, when the arrival of a controversial slugger electrified Chicago and the White Sox stayed in town. The program weaved a narrative of Allen, his teammates, broadcaster Harry Caray, and organist Nancy Faust bringing pride to a franchise that had one foot out of town to Milwaukee just 2½ years previously. The “Chili Dog MVP” program brought to life a more innocent time in baseball intertwining with the hard truths of a hyper-political city like Chicago. In both baseball and life, for which the game is often a metaphor, past is prologue.

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Sox in the Basement Podcast: “How Dick Allen Saved The White Sox”

Recorded in front of a live crowd at Blue Island Beer Company as the White Sox finished off the first half against the Twins. We sit down with the authors of “Chili Dog MVP: Dick Allen, The ’72 White Sox And A Transforming of Chicago.” Learn how a season not talked about enough by White Sox fans featured that year’s MLB attraction, a young Harry Caray, the inventor of walk-up music Nancy Faust & the resurgence of a team on the brink of leaving the south side. Enjoy a very fun end entertaining “30 Minutes of Sox!”

The Sox in the Basement Podcast sat down with the authors of “Chili Dog MVP: Dick Allen, The ’72 White Sox And A Transforming of Chicago.”
The Sox in the Basement Podcast sits down with Chili Dog MVP Authors John Owens and Dr. David Fletcher

Read more at SoxInTheBasement.com…

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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…