Chili Dog MVP Press Box: News & Media

Chicago White Sox amateur fan footage from 1972

June 4, 1972, Game 1, White Sox 6, Yankees 1. A “Bat Day” crowd of more than 50,000 saw the Sox in control, but in the 8th inning the Sox pulled off a double steal and Allen stole home! Bill Melton started it by breaking for second, then hesitating as the throw went through. When he paused, Allen broke for the plate and scored sliding in.

Video Highlights

  • The Chili Dog Homerun is at 0:42. What a rocket!
  • Harry Caray at the 2:00
  • Dick steals home at 3:09

“There was a renewed interest in the White Sox that year in Chicago after 4 straight losing seasons (1968 to 1971) with Dick Allen’s arrival and a winning record.”

Robert Masina

Dick Allen was on a tear that season. Also the last season before the introduction of the designated hitter into the American League in 1973.