Then as well as now, catchers were held in high-regard and Alan Allanson
had some very solid years with the Cleveland Indians during the late 1980s. The 6 ft 5 inch, 225-pound backstop from Richmond Virginia lined three hits in 4 at bats in his first major game in 1986. He played in 110 games, hit .225 and stole 10 bases, the most by an Indian catcher in 50 years, and was chosen to TOPPS all-rookie team. In 1988, Allanson hit a solid .263 in 133 games. He spent all of 1990 in the minors then returned to the majors with Detroit in 1991, and saw action with three additional teams.