Saturday, June 19, 2010

Senators Saturday - Hank Allen, 1970.

Today we have Hank Allen on card number 14 of the 1970 Topps set. There are a couple of things that I want to mention before we get to Hank's on field performance in 1970.

First, I am not sure what is going on with the batting glove. Hank did bat right so the photo is correct. If you're only going to wear one glove though I'm not sure why you would wear it on the upper hand.

Second, Hank is Dick Allen's older but less well known brother. From what I can tell the two brothers did both play for the White Sox in 1972 and 1973.

1970 was a long season for Hank though. He appeared in 22 games for Washington, mostly as a backup outfielder. In that time he made 44 trips to the plate and posted a .295 on base percentage. Not very impressive. Of course, neither was his .211 batting average and the fact that he had no triples and no home runs. He walked just five times and struck out nine.

In the field Hank played just 95.2 innings. He handled 19 chances without an error. Not much time and not many chances. Perhaps a better bat could have helped him get more fielding time.

1970 was the worst offensive season of Allen's career to that point. The year didn't get much better as the Senators traded him on May 11th to Milwaukee. Hank and Ron Theobald went to the Brewers in exchange for Wayne Comer. In December the Brewers sent him to Atlanta. At some point in between he also spent time in Triple A with the Orioles' affiliate but I can't figure out how he got there. All in all 1970 was a long year for Hank. At least he would get to play on the same team as his brother in 1972, the next time he would see Major League action.

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