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Old 12-08-2020, 11:46 AM   #1
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Richie Allen

RIP. An amazing talent. Never forget how he took a 1972 White Sox rag tag bunch and contended with a great Oakland team. He also became an agent for Angel Cordero, and was instrumental in John Velasquez coming to NY from Puerto Rico.
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Loved seeing him hit. Would always go early and watch batting practice when players like him were in town. It is hard to see all these baseball players that I watched years ago pass away. Guess I am just at that age. RIP
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Great hitter. RIP tough guy.
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Old 12-08-2020, 07:39 PM   #4
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I think Allen used a 40 or 42 ounce bat. I was always amazed at how fast he could turn on a ball with that club and even with a huge hitch in his swing. Great power hitter played one year with the Cardinals so got to see him play in a few live games. He did strikeout a lot too. RIP
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I don't think I knew that part about his connection to racing.
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Hated to see the guy come up to bat. Tore up my team. Played tough. Booed him all the time. Mucho respect. RIP. to a fine baseball player.
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Born in little Wampum, Pa. and never left there, just north of Pittsburgh. He hit some of the hardest balls I've ever seen hit, along with Greg Luzinsky and Willie Stargell.
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Born in little Wampum, Pa. and never left there, just north of Pittsburgh. He hit some of the hardest balls I've ever seen hit, along with Greg Luzinsky and Willie Stargell.
Except for the time you stepped on that rake coming out of the sand trap.
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that year he was carrying the sox I was a skinny 16yo wondering "how does a human get muscles like that"

Incredible specimen. When he wanted to, he could hit
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I think Allen used a 40 or 42 ounce bat. I was always amazed at how fast he could turn on a ball with that club and even with a huge hitch in his swing. Great power hitter played one year with the Cardinals so got to see him play in a few live games. He did strikeout a lot too. RIP
And Greg Luzinski, who looked like a middle linebacker, off-season used one of the lighter bats IIRC. My BIL, who was a recognized baseball memorabilia expert around Philadelphia owned one or two of Ruth's bats. They were huge, with very thick handles, 42 oz., although he went lighter late in his career.
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