Stats and Ranks
Some Interesting Stats and Facts
- Joined Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Willie McCovey as the only NL players to hit 40 HR with an OPS over 1.000 during the 1960′s.
- Was in triple crown contention throughout the year, finishing 4th in BA, 2nd in HR and 3rd in RBI
- Only player in Phillies history with 40 HR and 10 3B in a season
- Highest OPS by a Phillie from 1937 to 1981
- Highest OPS+ in Phillies history for a full season (Schmidt’s 1981 season is actually first, but they only played 107 games)
Why He’s Here
1966 will be remembered for when Frank Robinson hit for the triple crown. But Allen’s season was just a fraction behind Robinson. He hit for a better average and was only 20 points lower on OPS. He hit 9 fewer HR’s and had 12 fewer RBI’s than Robinson, but also had 81 fewer plate appearances.
The raw numbers might not be jaw-dropping by today’s standards, but the final bullet point above is huge. What OPS+ does is try to level the playing field for comparing players from different eras, leagues and stadiums. And by that standard, Dick Allen’s 1966 season was the best in Phillies’ history.
Looking at his NL ranks, it’s not hard to see why. Allen was 1st in SLG% and OPS, 2nd in HR, 3rd in RBI, OBP, R and Total Bases, and 4th in BA and 3B. Basically, he was top-4 in 8 of the 10 major categories.
One thing I like to do to compare seasons to modern day, is look at who had the same NL ranks in the most recent season. In 2009, here are the players that ranked where Dick Allen did in 1966:
Albert Pujols: 1st in OPS and SLG%, 3rd in RBI
Todd Helton: 3rd in OBP and 4th in BA
Prince Fielder: 2nd in HR
Chase Utley: 3rd in Runs
Ryan Howard: 3rd in Total Bases
Angel Pagan: 4th in Triples
Just looking at that list, you’ve got elite power, speed and hitting for average. Dick Allen was all of that rolled into one.
11. Jimmy Rollins, 2007
12. Billy Hamilton, 1894
13. Ed Delahanty, 1895
14. Curt Schilling, 1997
15. Lefty O’Doul, 1929
16. Brad Lidge, 2008
17. Chris Short, 1964
18. John Denny, 1983
19. Tug McGraw, 1980
20. Greg Luzinski, 1977
21. Gavvy Cravath, 1913
22. Lenny Dykstra, 1993
Five pitchers that just missed (and criteria for rankings)