According to an official statement released by the Philadelphia Phillies, legendary All-Star, Dick Allen has passed away. Gianmarco Castronovo sends his condolences to the Allen family.

Richard Anthony Allen, known better as Dick Allen, was born March 8, 1942 in Wampum, PA.  Allen made his MLB debut in 1963 for the Philadelphia Phillies; the team retired his number, 15.  A legend in his own right, the first and third baseman was a seven time MLB All-Star.  Other career highlights include National League (NL) Rookie of the Year (1964) and American League (AL) Most Valuable Player (1972).  Throughout his 14 year baseball career, Allen played for the Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago White Sox and Oakland Athletics.

Gianmarco Castronovo, along with many MLB fans, hope that the Golden Era Committee will vote to induct the Phillies legend into the Baseball Hall of Fame at their next meeting in 2021.