Former Phillie Dick Allen fell one vote shy of reaching the Hall of Fame on Monday.
The mayor says Allen was an idol to kids growing up in West Philly.
A group backing Allen for the Hall of Fame kicked off their effort Friday at Ashburn Field at FDR Park in South Philadelphia. The group has prepared a 55-page presentation aimed at convincing baseball’s Golden Era Committee that the 1964 Rookie of the Year and ’72 MVP belongs in the Hall.
Fifteen athletes, representing a wide range of sports and eras, were inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame last night.