On Thursday, September 3, legend Dick Allen will be bestowed with the Phillies’ highest honor as his No. 15 jersey will officially be retired by the club during a ceremony at Citizens Bank Park before that day’s 4:05 p.m. game against the Washington Nationals. The event will take place on
On Thursday, September 3, legend Dick Allen will be bestowed with the Phillies’ highest honor as his No. 15 jersey will officially be retired by the club during a ceremony at Citizens Bank Park before that day’s 4:05 p.m. game against the Washington Nationals. The event will take place on the 57th anniversary of Allen’s major league debut with the Phillies and will be broadcast live approximately 3:10 p.m. on phillies.com and NBC Sports Philadelphia.
- Allen will join Hall of Famers Richie Ashburn (1), Jim Bunning (14), Mike Schmidt (20), Steve Carlton (32), Roy Halladay (34) and Robin Roberts (36) as the only Phillies in team history to have their numbers retired. Grover Cleveland Alexander and Chuck Klein are recognized with uniform insignias from their eras in place of retired numbers.
- Phillies Managing Partner John Middleton, Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt, and award-winning producer Michael Tollin will be among those taking part in the ceremony. Allen’s former teammates will also be in attendance including Larry Bowa, Larry Christenson, Garry Maddox, Cookie Rojas and Bill White.
- As part of the event, the Phillies will reveal Allen’s retired number above Ashburn Alley and unveil a replica statue of No. 15 in the Toyota Phillies Wall of Fame plaza.
- Allen, who was inducted into the Toyota Phillies Wall of Fame in 1994, will also be honored by the Phillies next season at Citizens Bank Park when fans will be in attendance and can properly salute his storied career.
ABOUT DICK ALLEN:
Allen, 78, spent nine of his 15 major league seasons (1963-77) with the Phillies and won National League Rookie of the Year in 1964. During his time with the club, Allen batted .290 with 204 doubles, 204 home runs, 655 RBI, a .371 on-base percentage and a .530 slugging percentage (.902 OPS) in 1,070 games. His slugging percentage is second-best in Phillies history, behind only Hall of Famer Chuck Klein (.553), and he ranks 10th in home runs. Allen led his league in OPS four times in his career, including twice with the Phillies in 1966 (1.027) and 1967 (.970).
One of the premier sluggers of his era, Allen had the fifth-most home runs (319) among all major league players over an 11-year span (1964-74) behind four Hall of Famers: Hank Aaron (391), Harmon Killebrew (336), Willie Stargell (335) and Willie McCovey (327). Also during that time, his combined .940 OPS was second best, narrowly trailing Aaron (.941). Finally, over those 11 years, his cumulative WAR of 58.3 was tied for the sixth-highest among all players, including 35 position players in the Hall of Fame to play in that time span. Allen twice led the American League in home runs, including the 1972 season when he was named MVP after hitting .308 with 37 home runs, 113 RBI, 99 walks, a .420 on-base percentage and a 1.023 OPS. His only postseason appearance came in 1976, when he made three starts for the Phillies in the National League Championship Series.
A seven-time All-Star (1965-67; 1970; 1972-74), Allen played nearly every position on the field during his career but is widely known as a first and third baseman. In addition to his time with the Phillies (1963-69; 1975-76), he donned a major league uniform for the St. Louis Cardinals (1970), Los Angeles Dodgers (1971), Chicago White Sox (1972-74) and Oakland A’s (1977).
Allen became one of the all-time greats in Phillies history after being signed by the team in 1960 to his first professional contract. He joined the Phillies front office in 1994 as a fan representative and, later, a club ambassador. Click here for more information on Dick Allen.