‘Chicago Appreciated Me for What I Was’
On Monday, the Chicago Baseball Museum brought Dick Allen to Chicago for an historic news conference, his first sitdown with the local media in 38 years.
The former Most Valuable Player reminisced about the 1972 team that turned around the franchise and talked about his Hall of Fame prospects. Mostly, Allen spoke of his affection for Chicago, where he spent the three most enjoyable seasons of his career.
“I wish I could have started my career here and ended it here with (manager) Chuck Tanner,” he said. “The fans here accepted me and appreciated me for what I was, what I did.”