Minnesota Twins' star right-fielder Bob Allison hit 30 or more homers three times and 20 or more in eight different seasons. A gifted all-around athletic, Allison, 6'4" 220 lbs, was a star baseball and football player at the University of Missouri. In 1959, his rookie season, Allison hit 30 home runs, led the American League in triples (9), was named to the All-Star team and was honored by being voted the Rookie of the Year. When the Washington Senators moved to Minnesota in 1961, Allison became a local hero and along with teammate Harmon Killebrew made one of the best one-two punches in baseball. In 1963, Allison slugged 25 doubles, 35 home runs, 91 RBI's and led the AL in runs scored with 99.
On May 17, 1963, he hit three homers in a single game. Like all power hitters, Allison struck out a lot and his strike outs to at bats ratio was one for every 4.87 at bats, placing him high among the leaders in that dubious category. Allison's competitive attitude was praised by teammates and opponents alike. His strong arm rated as one of the best in the AL during the 1960's. Bob Allison's diving catch off the bat of Dodgers Jim Lefebve in the 2nd game of the 1965 World Series has been called, 'the best catch in Twins' history. Bob Allison's career: .255 BA, 255 D's, 53 T's, 256 HR's, 811 R's, 796 RBI's, .360 on base pct, ,471 slg/pct, 84 stolen bases. baseballhistorian.com
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