A secret visit to Dick Allen’s farm brought him back to the Phillies and cemented his Philadelphia legacy

PHILADELPHIA — More than five years had passed since Dick Allen received his wish to leave Philadelphia when Mike Schmidt, Richie Ashburn, and Dave Cash pulled into his Bucks County farm. The 1975 season was two months away and the Phillies were finally on the rise. But the Phillies knew their young lineup could use a veteran hitter. And Allen, who was raising racehorses on 13 acres in Perkasie, could be the player they needed. Allen’s end in Philadelphia had been tumultuous. He traded blows with a teammate in 1965 and played the field with a batting helmet in 1966 to ward off objects thrown f…

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