Dick Allen is the best baseball player not in Cooperstown without PED suspicions. He is the only player before Barry Bonds, per Ryan Spaeder (@AceofSpaeder on Twitter) to lead baseball in WAR over a ten year stretch and not be elected. The 1972 AL MVP played in only 1749 games across stints with the Phillies, Cardinals, Dodgers, White Sox and Athletics, but the 7x All-Star hit to a lifetime .912 OPS (.292/.378/.534) with 351 homeruns. In his 1972 MVP season, he hit to a stellar .308/.420/.603 line, while also leading the league in RBI and HR, just shy of a triple crown. Both his OBP and SLG were the highest in the American League as well.
There has been a lot of campaigning for Dick Allen to get his overdue enshrinement into the Hallowed Halls via the Golden Days or Modern Era Committees, but his next opportunity won’t be until one year from now. Allen will not make it that far to live to see it, as he’s passed away at 78. PSE is saddened to hear of the loss of such a major baseball legend.