LaSalle Rallies to Top Imhotep

The LaSalle College High School Explorers came back from a 12-3 halftime deficit to defeat perennial Philadelphia Public League powerhouse Imhotep Charter 15-12.

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Public League Edges Non-Public in 45th Annual City All Star Football Game

When Jovan Hinton (Bishop McDevitt) forced a fumble after he smacked the Public Leagues talented QB Tarik Bey, which  was recovered by Terrance Thompson (Penn Charter), it didn’t take long for the Non-Public squad trailing 7-6 at the time to take the lead.

On the very next play from scrimmage, Jahlil Sanders (Archbishop Ryan) sprinted 40 yards to the endzone to give the Non-Pub a 13-6 advantage with 8:42 remaining on the fourth quarter clock. The PAT failed, which eventually turned out to be the difference in the game.

After the Pub’s Jawan Rodriguez, a teammate of Bey’s at John Bartram, returned the ensuing kickoff 18 yards to his own 26-yard line, the final drive for the game-winning ending was about to begin. After a 10-yard penalty on first down, Bey was now forced to lead his team 84 yards. Bey’s last completed pass of the game came on second down when he found Nasir McCrae-Dixon (Bartram) for 23 yards and a first down at the Pub’s 44 yard line.

Two runs by Symear Williams (Imhotep) followed the pass play and after a 15-yard infraction against the N-P, the Public League now had the ball on the other side of midfield at the 31 with 4:40 on the clock.

After a Pub timeout, the elusive Bey ran 10 yards to the 21-yard line. The next play saw Bey attempt his final pass, which was incomplete.

Bey finished 9 for 16 for 106 yards and a TD.  Pub Head Coach Nick Lincoln (Imhotep) then decided it was time to run the ball. The biggest gain of the last half dozen rushes was a 10 yarder by Yusuf Terry (Imhotep). Two penalties against the Non-Pub moved the ball five yards from paydirt at the 1:46 mark.

On second down, Rodriguez gained two yards. Kyle Powell (Lincoln)  then ran for another two yards before Bey sneaked in from the one-yard line with just 45 seconds on the clock.  The TD saw the scoreboard read 13-12 in favor of the Non-Pub.

The two-point conversion was successful when Jordan Price (Frankford) ran it in, giving the Public League the lead at 14-13.

The Non- Pub had one last chance but constant pressure on QB Alex Goldsby (Conwell-Egan)  mostly from the Pub’s Sebastian Benjamin (Northeast), who was the Pub League’s Defensive Player of the game, saw the game end around midfield for the losers as time expired.

The first quarter was scoreless but the Pub got on the board first when Bey launched a 28-yard pass early in the second quarter that was snatched by Terry for a touchdown.

The Non-Pub answered right back with a 9-play, 67 yard drive when their Offensive MVP, Jacir Savoy (West Catholic Prep) sprinted 30 yards to tie the score at 6. After Gavin Dioniso’s (Archbishop Ryan) PAT boot, the men in the white jerseys led 7-6 with 4:13 to go before halftime.

The Pub then took over but a sack by Gerald Smith (Bonner-Prendergast) and a forced fumble by Richard Lawrence (McDevitt), which was recovered by Zach Bouggess (St. Joe’s Prep) put the Non-Pub in good field position at their opponent’s 32 with 1:43 before the break.

On first down, QB Shane Dooley (Father Judge) started running for his life while being chased and eventually tackled at the 50 by a host of Pub defenders for an 18-yard loss.  The now second and 28 was too much to overcome, which forced the Non-Pub to punt on fourth down.  The Pub then took its turn before halftime and Bey gave them some hope when he completed two passed totaling 21 yards but again a 10-yard penalty stopped the momentum as the teams entered their locker rooms with the Non-Pub ahead 7-6.



(Links Courtesy of Ted Silary)






High School of the Future 3A

Jashir Sephes

Tysheem Anderson

Quadir smith

Jimir Seagraves

Syree Grace

Djibril Diall

Tyreek Dennis

Joseph Adside

Zyair Stokes

Jason Pierce

Vince Perkins

Mawuko Koffi

Amir Curry

Elijiah Alvarez

Strawberry Mansion 2A

William Pope QB

Daquan Perkins RB

Imir Pope WR

Desman Murphy WR

Marquese West OL

Jamil Payne   DL

Tawfeeq White LB

Nigee Carter  S

Dontae Hardy S

Kipp DuBois Collegiate Academy 3A

Tryee Howard  WR/CB    Sr.

Zhymir Ball  RB/S           Sr.

Da’Mier Hicks  RB/LB    Sr.

Miykeal Matthews  RB/LB  So.

Dontay Reis             WR/S     Jr.

Zahmir Holley          OL/DL   Sr.

Yahmir Hayes        DL/TE      Sr.

Prep Charter  3A

Steve Cacciatore  FB/LB    Sr.


Tysheem Anderson   HS of the Future

Dontae Hardy   Strawberry Mansion



Isheem Young   RB

Kamal Harrison  DE

Arick Lochetto    OG

Myles Nicholson  CB

Marquise Greenwood  DT

Tykee Smith   SS

Yusuf Terry  WR

Omar Speights  DE

Sy’mear Williams MLB

Anthony Gordon  WR/K

Carl Jones  RB

Marlon Westcott   C

John Whitehead  RT

Mike Statham  OT

Shakeef Smith   CB


Mamud Dioubate    QB

Davon Thompson    DB

Fred Lackey RB

Elijah Riddick   OL

Zaire Witherspoon  OL

Ibrahim Diaoune   WR

Nasir Savage    DB

Kevin Brooking  LB

Nasir McCrae-Dixon  WR

Demetrius Hampton  LB

Boys Latin

Malik Johnson  QB

Damir Smith-Lockett  LB

Cory Little   RB

Nasir Scott  FS

Raja Mitchell OL

Omaji Odey    DE

Muhamed  Diawara   WR

Andre Barr     OL

Watoshiwa Moultry  OL

West Philadelphia

Cameron Clemons  Ath

Daquan Faison    OL/DL

Messyah Payton   LB/FB

Terrell Smith      DL/RB

Nasiim Rhodes-Nelson  Ath

Damiyr Martinez   DR/RB

Jaquil Gordon    K/P

Zackariah Payton   LB/RB

Anre’ Caldwell      QB/FS


Saadiq Davis  OL

Naseem Graham  OL


Kyrell Smith  TE/DE


Ramil Dyer  FB/CB


Tykee Smith    Imhotep

Mamud Dioubate   Bartram



Mauriea Mazzecue    RB    Sr.

Amir Gillis              QB/SS  Sr.

Tevon Edwards      OLB/H  Sr.

Steve Reynolds    DE          Sr.

Azyear Sattul-Walker  FB   Sr.

Nafeei Minor     OL       Sr.

Desmond Johnson   OL   Sr.

Micah Mazzecue     OL     Sr.

Tetell Stewart        DB      Sr.

Nasir Scruggs       DL      Jr.

Mastery North


Robert Coaxum  OL/DL  Sr.

Talid Crippen    TE/DE    Sr.

Daniel Braggs  LB/OG     Jr.

Gregory Garrett Jr.    DB/FB   Sr.

Lavelle Kitchens         RB         Jr.


Isiah Gonzalez     WR    Sr.

Eric Dickerson  OLB   Sr.

Raymier Jerry    OL     Sr.

Cornell Robinson  ILB    Sr.

Michael Addison   QB     Sr.

Terrell Parks            S     Jr.

Haneef Johnson     RB   Sr.


Ed Leak    OT    Sr.

Jordan Price   RB   Jr.

Jawan Tabb   Ath   Sr.

Marcus Henderson   DE    So.

Kyle Powell     LB      Jr.

Dymear Brooks    WR   Sr.


Terry Mumford   WR    Sr.

Anthony Massy   RB      Sr.

Dahmeer Salter-Stone   DT   Sr.

Kareem Scott-Smith   DB     Sr


Ernest Holland  MLB    Sr.

Tyree Singleton   OT/OG   Sr.

Demetrius Williams  RB/LB   Jr.

Joyson Davis    QB/FS        Sr.


Jalen Bryson   DB   Sr.

Deshawn Bravo  DB   Sr.


Mauriea Mazzecue   Gratz

Amir Gillis                Gratz



Kyle Morasch   CB/SE    Sr.

Dan Scott    RB         Sr.

Osmond  Isom  OL    Sr.

Deshawn McCarthy DE   Sr.

Marcus Hayes    DE    Sr.

Carlos Darilla    CB    Sr.

Dore’ Gillyard   OL    Jr.

Nasir Gillis     DL   Sr.


Miquel Rivera   WR/FS   Sr.

Anthony Burris    OL/DL   Sr.

Rahmir Thomas  RB/LB     So.


Sherriff Jones    QB/CB      Sr.

Dwayme Parks   RB/SS     Sr.

Zaki Samuels      RB/CB    Sr.

Mark Smith       WR/FS     Jr.

Khalid Moore    Se/LB      Sr.

Jovann Anderson  TE/DE   So.

Carmen Maturo     C/DE     Sr.

Michael Miller    G/DT     Sr.

Terrance Summers   OT/DT    Sr.

Martin Luther King

Qaadir Dixon   WR   Sr.

Mike Samuels    DT   Sr.

Al-Mahi  Ali       RB/DB    Jr.

Salim Dixon    QB            Jr.

Mike James     DB/RB    Sr.


Tomar Jones   WR/DE

Rahine Williams  QB/DE


Cameron Gontek

Jordon  McGee

Kaleel  Ross


SooSang Whang   S

Walt Traxell     OL

Vinny Santos   OL/DL

Nigel Johnson    LB

Mille Williams  DL

James Kee  MP

Basheer Steed  OLB


Sam Karr    RB    Sr.

Matt Wasco   TE    Sr.

Abdoulaye Ndiaye   LB   Sr.

Naseem Young     DB     Jr.

Travell Hall     FB       So


Sam Karr  Lincoln



Coach of the Year    Phil Gormley   Northeast

Gary Butler Courage Award   Ojay Harris    MLK

Official of the Year     Jim Kilkenny















Southern Runs Past Palumbo on History Setting Day

The Southern Rams defeated the Palumbo Griffins on Thanksgiving by the score of 44-6. This was the second year of the annual contest after South Philadelphia’s old foe Neumann-Goretti was forced to terminate their 2016 season with three games remaining  due to injuries  which diminished their roster to 17 players.  The Neumann-Goretti football program has suddenly resurrected this season but a contract was signed by Southern and Palumbo administrator’s to make Turkey day  an annual contest. The Saints were participating  in the PIAA State Playoffs so a Thanksgiving contest would have been out of the picture.  The highlight of the day was that for the first time in South Philadelphia High School Football history the Rams had 2 One Thousand yard rushers in the same season.  Coming into the game Zaki Samuels needed 19 yards to reach the magic number and Dwayne “Pops” Parks needed 167.  Samuels finished with 80 yards on just 4 carries giving him a season total of  1061 with 9 TD’S.  Parks totaled 1049 and 10 TD’S.  The game  got off on the wrong track for the Griffins when on their first play from scrimmage  Parks recovered a fumble and returned it 12 yards to the Palumbo 33 yard line. Making sure that Parks at least had a chance at 1,000 yards Southern head coach Frank “Roscoe” Natale’ called on Parks quite frequently.  After a 5 yard infraction pushed the Rams back to the 38 , Parks ran the ball six consecutive times with his sixth being a 8 yard TD run.  Southern converted the two point conversion on a Sherriff Jones pass to Ronzell  Turner. Palumbo looked to make some noise on their first real drive when Jayson Davis completed a 9 yard  pass to Ernest Holland and into Southern territory at the 40 yard line. Two tackles behind the line of scrimmage by Southern’s Terrence Summers forced the Griffins to punt.  With Parks taking a breather it was now Samuels turn to try and march his troops down the field.  It didn’t take long as Samuels scooted 55 yards on just his third carry to give the Rams a 14-0 advantage with 2:40 remaining in the first quarter. After a 23 yard run by the Griffins Moussa Cisse and another completed pass by Davis, this time to Frederick Thompson Palumbo now had the ball again in Southern territory this time at the 30 yard line.  After an incomplete pass on first down  Cisse was hit almost immediately at the line of scrimmage by Jovann Anderson after Davis’ handoff and the ball squirted loose then was recovered by Summers at the South Philly 31 yard line.  It was back on the seesaw for the Ram as Parks re-entered the game and immediately made an impact on his first run traveling 49 yards down to the Palumbo 20. After Parks ran for 7 yards  on the opening play of the second stanza a 5 yard penalty pushed the Rams back to the 13.  On second down Rahmeer Silver sacked Jones for a 7 yard loss to the 20.  It was now time for the run happy Rams to call on their secret weapon Khalid Moore. Moore or Jones did not disappoint as they connected for the twelfth time this season , this one  for a 20 yard TD.  Incredibly 8 of Moore’s 12 catches have been for Touchdowns.  His 12 grabs have accounted for 359 yards for an impressive 30 yard per catch average.  On the season Jones had passed just 59 times while completing 28 for 636 yards with 11 TD’S.  After Jason Everett ran in for the conversion the scoreboard at 10th and Bigler read Southern 22 Palumbo 0.  Holland again attempted to ignite his squad bursting 30 yards to the Southern 32. The stingy Rams defense then tightened and forced the Griffins to pass on third down.  Again it was Summers who sacked Davis forcing Palumbo to punt.  Behind Parks and Jones the Rams marched down the field again. The end result was a highlight reel scramble and run to pay turf by Jones.  Jones took the snap at the Griffins 35.  He was chased back to almost midfield.  He danced and juked and then shifted from the East side of the field to the West side before finally seeing daylight and basically putting the contest away with 2:37 left before halftime.  Although Jones was credited for a 35 yard TD . He actually ran about 120 yards figuring in the 15 back to midfield then 15 back to the 35  plus 54 across the width of the field then 35 more to the end zone , this does not include all of his zigs and zags so he may have even traveled further. Parks would close the first half scoring on a 25 yard prance to the goal line.  After Jones ran for the 2 point conversion Southern led at the half 36-0.  Jones would pick off a Davis pass midway through the third quarter and take it 76 yards for six more South Philly points.  After another successful PAT the Rams led 44-0. Palumbo would finally light up the scoreboard early in the fourth quarter on a Davis QB sneak for the one.

For Palumbo Cisse ran 12 times for 60 yards. Davis passed just 3 of 9 for 31 yards. He ran 10 for 44.  Davis also retuned 3 balls for 63 yards giving him 138 all-purpose yards.  Davis was also named the Offensive MVP of the game while Holland who made 7 tackles including a sack  was named the Defensive MVP for the Griffins. Silver also was credited with 7 Griffins tackles.  On the other side Southern had Co-MVP’s both offense and defense.  The Offensive awards went to Parks and Jones while the defensive trophies went Summers and Mike Miller.  Summers led the game in tackles with 9–7 solo 3 Tackle for losses and two sacks. He also recovered 2 fumbles. Miller had 7 tackles with 5 being of the solo variety.




Frog’s Philly Pub Top Ten Football Rankings

Ratings are based on teams I have seen and also from talking to Coaches and members of the media.

1. Imhotep
2. Northeast
3. Simon Gratz
4. Bartram
5. Del Val
6. Boy’s Latin
7. Central
8. Ben Franklin
9. Olney
10. Lincoln


When my wife and I go to a Sports Bar to watch the Eagles on a Sunday afternoon she usually wears something green or a shirt that will read EAGLES or both. To her at times the game is pretty simple. When she sees the Eagles Quarterback get sacked she always says the same thing. “It’s not his fault, it’s those people,” and then she will pause with a question, “What do you call those guys who are supposed to help him?” I respond by saying, “you mean the lineman” and she says, “Yes they aren’t doing their job”. OK I can’t argue with here there. Then there are Saturday afternoons when I have the TV on watching College football and she is paying half attention while reading a book. She will glance at the TV and notice the scores as they pop up on the screen. Scores like 66-7, 74-14 or 58-0. Almost immediately she will shout the same words, “That’s Ridiculous” or “That’s Embarrassing”. Staying with the same theme a similar scenario usually takes place on a Friday. It begins when I leave to watch or cover a High School football game. As I walk down the steps to exit my house I will try and predict the score. About three fourths of the time when I leave my house the scores I predict are usually of the blowout variety, 48-6, 35-0 or 58-14. Then when I return home she will ask what the score was and when I tell her 56-0 or 48-7 again her signature comment; “That’s Ridiculous” comes firing out of her mouth and sometimes she will add, “I feel sorry for the losing team.” Of course so do I as do thousands or millions of others across the country who are subject to similar mismatched football games.
About a week ago I was listening to a Sports Talk Radio Show. A caller was discussing the Golden State Warriors adding Kevin Durant to their plethora of talented players. “The Golden State Warriors are loaded with Superstar talent”, the caller said, he continued with this phrase and eye catching word. “If the Golden State Warriors win the NBA Championship I will declare their title as ILLEGIMATE”. You know what, unfortunately that’s exactly how I feel about some of the High School Football and Basketball programs not only in our area but again all across the country. I would compare the league or conference titles some of these teams win with conference titles won by NCAA Woman’s Division One Basketball programs. The same institutions every year generally compete for the National Title. Connecticut, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Baylor, South Carolina and Stanford. True an occasional dark horse will sneak in there, but not very often.
I know recruiting players is the biggest problem. Some do and some don’t. Perhaps if you recruit you should play in another conference, league or just play independently. I also know that looking at the recent top 25 rankings of Southeastern PA, football teams that only the top 10 have a realistic chance of winning a State Title. The rest may not even win a District Title or a first round game.
Please tell me what kind of enjoyment you get by whopping your opponents butt. Also tell me, why in the hell is your first team on the field in the fourth quarter of a 40-0 game. Don’t tell me it doesn’t happen. I and an individual who shall remain nameless have counted the actual number of starters on the field with a games being played under the Mercy Rule. I have also witnessed referee’s throw bogus penalty flags against some of these teams for the sake of keeping down or when way too often teams throw a pass up by 40 points. I hear the nonsense. “Well, we are running our normal offense”. I know the game has changed with passing being an integral part of the offense, but hand the damn ball off and put your subs in the game. It’s gotten so out of hand that when teams line up in a Victory Formation, they still do it with the quarterback in the shotgun position. I have seen this in a one score game. If there’s a bad snap or fumble the other team is off to the races for six points.
So like that talk show caller, I will officially declare any title won by some of these so called powerhouses “ILLEGIMATE”


Having served 33 years as a Groundskeeper at Veteran’s Stadium where the playing surface was Artificial Turf I believe the National Football League could have played its’ Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio on Sunday August 7th. From what I read on various media sites and what I saw on TV , including the playing field the reason the game was cancelled was because the wrong paint was used which made some area’s of the field slippery. I also heard on TV that the NFL knew there was a problem a few hours before kickoff. I don’t know who was in charge of the playing surface or even if a Head Groundskeeper is employed at that stadium but if there was an individual there that had some knowledge of turf and paint then the problem could have been solved. Turf fields have been subject to many stains, including leaking grease or oil from vehicles being on the field, paint spillage and tobacco stains. How do you clean this mess as well as the hardened paint in Canton ? Simply use a High Pressure Washer or fire hose along with a tractor with a brush attached which will help remove the paint along with the power washer. I know that more than one hose and washer would have been needed, but as soon as the problem was noticed it should have been all hands on deck . Of course everyone recalls the cancelled Pre-Season game in Philadelphia but the problem there was that new turf was put in that year starting with baseball in April ,but the football field was never laid out completely before it was rolled up and stored away until that first pre-season game. When it came time for football it was like trying to put a puzzle together. The company that sold the turf was contracted to complete the full conversion to football for the first game. What they failed to realize was that a baseball game was played the night before and there was not enough time for them to complete an NFL approved conversion of the field. Now back to a situation on day the Phillies were scheduled to play that could have been applied in Canton. Most vehicles that came onto the Veteran’s Stadium field drove along the rubber warning track. However there were times that driving on the field was unavoidable. On this particular day a vehicle had dropped both grease and oil in numerous wide area’s on the field. It was slippery as hell and panic was setting in. No problem. The City of Philadelphia’s Department of Recreation Staff who were the owners of the stadium got out their pressure washers but knowing they didn’t have enough equipment called in good old “Stanley Steamer”. I kid you not. Well Mister Steamer and company brought in about six or seven vans to wash away the grease and oil and the game was played that evening with no problem.  Removing oil and grease is much more difficult than removing paint from the field. If something such as this had been done in Canton, the field may have not looked pretty in some areas, but the game could have been played.

Reynolds should be a Target for the Heisman !

Navy Quarterback Keenan Reynolds recently broke the All Time NCAA Career Rushing TD record of 77, held by Monte Ball, when he scored 4  against SMU a few weeks ago.  This record started getting some legs last year when it was apparent that Reynolds, if healthy would indeed break it. It has been mentioned in every type of media outlet all over the country.  Reynolds isn’t being viewed  as a legitimate candidate for the Heisman Trophy but he really should be and here’s why. Recently I sat down and did a little homework and came up with some staggering numbers. We are all aware of the triple or read option offense that is run by the Midshipman. What is tremendously overlooked in my opinion, is that Reynolds is a target on every offensive play that he is on the field. When Reynolds decides to keep the ball, obviously he is hit several times before he is tackled. He is also a target when he drops back to pass, although passing is not the way Navy chooses to march down the field.  Reynolds holding  the ball until the last second before either handing it off or pitching it out he is again a target and is hit with or without the ball. Keenan Reynolds has played four years of college football and if Navy goes on to play 13 games this year he will have played 50 games in his NCAA career. After doing extensive research and averaging out a few numbers I would hope those in the media would take a serious look at Reynolds arithmetic . At the conclusion of this season, Navy will have averaged 900 offensive plays per season. Multiply that by four and you see what I am getting at. Three Thousand Six Hundred offensive plays that Keenan Reynolds was a target. He was the main target on 975 rushes and 455 pass attempts which adds up to 1,430 plays. Ouch. However, that is not the end. You see Navy ran the ball an additional 2,170 times and the main distributor of the pigskin was Keenan Reynolds. I am sure he was hit thousands of times on those handoffs. So you want to talk tough. Talk, Keenan Reynolds. Give him his just due. He may not have the sexy numbers of Alabama’s Derrick Henry or Ohio Sates Ezekiel Elliott and a few others. What he does have though is a heart as big as the country he will serve after his football career. Navy  is currently ranked 23rd in the country according the  latest College Football Rankings and Reynolds is the main ingredient towards that number. Reynolds has been named the American Athletic Conferences Player Of The Year. He also is a finalist for the Manning Award, which is named after Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning.  With two more games to play, against Army and then the Military Bowl in Annapolis  Reynolds so far in his career has rushed 932 times for 4,279 yards for a 4.6 yards per carry average. 83 of those totes were for Touchdowns.  Just for fun he has passed 431 times while completing 227 for 3,762 yards and 29 Touchdowns for a rating of 144.5.  Keenan Reynolds deserves an invite to New York as a legitimate candidate for the Heisman. As of now Reynolds is on the outside looking in. To leave him stranded on an island would be a grave injustice to a man whose name now is mentioned along with Navy’s other Heisman Trophy QB winner Roger Staubach .

Dick Allen Hall of Fame Rally

As everyone know, we’re having a rally/news conference on Friday, July 25 to kick off our campaign to get Dick allen elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Over the last few months, we’ve spent countless hours collecting statistics, stories, and testimonials to prove that one of the greatest sluggers in baseball history deserves to be enshrined in the hall the result is a 55-page presentaiton that makes a powerful case.

Feel free to download, then come to our rally on Friday!

Dick Allen Presentation


Since the late former Chicago Cub and White Sox star Ron Santo, who was recently inducted into Baseball’s Hall Of Fame in Cooperstown, the question arises; how come Dick Allen isn’t in ? Well let’s compare the numbers and you will notice that Dick Allen should be a Hall of Famer if Ron Santo is. Santo was a 9 time All Star, who had a .277 career batting average, 342 Home Runs and an OPS+ { adjusted on base plus slugging % } of 125. Santo received No Post Season Awards ! Dick Allen was a 7 time All Star, had career batting average of .292 with 351 Home Runs and an OPS+ of 156. Allen also was the 1964 National League Rookie of the Year and the 1972 American League Most Valuable Player. Santo also had 1,811 more At Bats than Dick Allen. Dick Allen was credited with saving the White Sox franchise from relocating. When Allen arrived in Chicago attendance almost doubled. The Santo comparison clearly shows that Allen had better numbers than Santo. But this was just a one on one comparison. Now lets move on to the more complex statistics that voters use as a gauge for a players entrance into the Hall Of Fame. This statistic was brought up by Bill James, the baseball stat guru who doesn’t believe Dick Allen is a Hall of Famer because of his off the field issues, but James admitted with this statistic that Allen probably should be in the Hall of Fame. James compares two different era’s, the first from 1975 to 1984. That is a 10 year playing span. That era was also considered the live ball era. To be included on this list a player must have played at least 1,000 games. The leading OPS+ player during that time frame was Mike Schmidt with a 155 OPS+. Second on the list was George Brett with 145, followed by Eddie Murray 143 and Dave Winfield with 140. Others on the list include Reggie Jackson with 135 and Jim Rice at 134. Now James takes us 10 years back. He starts from 1964 through 1973 and also uses the same criteria as the other era. The 64-73 time frame was considered a dead ball era. The Pitchers mound was 15 inches high to give the pitcher a big advantage over the hitter. Finally in 1969 or ’70 the mound was lowered to 10 inches. Here’s where Mr. Allen hits his longest home run. His OPS+ of 165 led ALL OF MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ! James states that Allen was ahead of 17 Hall of Famers. Here are a few and their numbers. Hank Aaron, Willie McCovey and Frank Robinson all numbered at 161. Next in line was Harmon Killebrew and Willie Stargell both with 152. At 151 was Roberto Clemente’, Willie Mays-148, Carl Yastrzemski-145, Billy Williams 139 and Ron Santo at 136. So as you can see, Allen had a higher number than Mike Schmidt 165 vs. 155, in an era where pitching dominated.
I didn’t even get into the other racial issues that Allen had to go through, we will save that for another day. There are many other stats out there, but the fact that Bill James would reveal such a stat in support of Dick Allen proves to me that Richard Anthony “Dick” Allen is a True Hall of Famer.