The late, great former Phillies slugger was once again denied election to baseball’s Hall of Fame.
Allen, who died a year ago this week at age 78, came up one vote short on the Golden Days Era ballot, which was announced Sunday night. He also finished one vote short of election in 2014, the last time the Golden Days Era committee assembled.
There seemed to be great momentum for Allen to finally get into Cooperstown this time.
The reality of his rejection stung his supporters.
“I am terribly disappointed,” Phillies managing partner John Middleton said moments after the announcement.
Middleton, along with Phillies Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt, had long championed Allen’s candidacy for election.
In September 2020, the Phillies retired Allen’s number 15.
“Dick Allen deserves to be in the Hall of Fame,” Schmidt said that day.