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Bob Allison

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William Robert "Bob" Allison (July 11, 1934 - April 9, 1995) was a Major League Baseball outfielder and right-handed batter who played in the American League for the Washington Senators and Minnesota Twins between 1958 and 1970. He was born in Raytown, Missouri.

A gifted all-around athlete, Allison was a star baseball and football player at the University of Missouri. In his major league career, he hit 30 or more home runs three times and 20 or more in eight different seasons. Allison wasn't a speed-burner, but he was among the most feared baserunners of his time in hustling out numerous doubles and triples. At the three outfield positions he showed good range, and his strong arm was rated as one of the best in the league. He also played a solid first base late at his career, and his competitive attitude was highly praised by teammates and opponents alike.

In 1959, in his first full season, Allison batted .261 with 30 home runs and 85 runs batted in; led the league in triples (9), was named to the All-Star team, and was honored by being voted the Rookie of the Year. When the Senators moved to Minnesota in 1961, Allison became a local favorite, and along with teammate Harmon Killebrew made one of the most dangerous one-two punches in baseball.

In 1963, Allison hit 25 doubles, 35 home runs, 91 RBI, led the league in runs scored (99) and in OPS (.911), and earned his second all star berth. He followed this up in 1964 with a 32 home run 86 RBI performance that got him named to his third and final all star team. The next year, Allison suffered a broken left hand when he was hit by a pitch. He missed 91 games, but returned at the end of the season and pinch hit a three-run homer, sending the Yankees to the cellar in the American League.

In 13 seasons, Allison finished in the top ten in home runs eight times (1959, 1961-65, 1967-68). Particularly memorable home run feats included hitting three consecutive home runs on May 17, 1963, combining with Harmon Killebrew to become the first pair to hit grand slams in the same inning on July 18, 1963, and teaming with Killebrew, Tony Oliva, and Jimmie Hall to hit four consecutive home runs on May 2, 1964. He is also well remembered for his backhand diving catch in Game Two of the 1965 World Series. This catch has been called the best catch in Twins history and one of the most spectacular catches seen in the Series.

After retiring, Allison became general manager of Coca Cola's Twin Cities Marketing Division after retiring. He later contacted amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and died in Rio Verde, Arizona at 60 years of age.

YEAR TEAM        AGE    G    AB    R    H  2B  3B  HR    HR%  RBI   BB   SO   SB  CS   AVG   SLG   OBA   OPS
1958 Senators     23   11    35    1    7   1   0   0   0.00    0    2    5    0   2  .200  .229  .243  .472 
1959 Senators     24  150   570   83  149  18   9  30   5.26   85   60   92   13   8  .261  .482  .333  .815 
1960 Senators     25  144   501   79  126  30   3  15   2.99   69   92   94   11   9  .251  .413  .367  .780 
1961 Twins        26  159   556   83  136  21   3  29   5.22  105  103  100    2   7  .245  .450  .363  .813 
1962 Twins        27  149   519  102  138  24   8  29   5.59  102   84  115    8   5  .266  .511  .370  .881 
1963 Twins        28  148   527   99  143  25   4  35   6.64   91   90  109    6   1  .271  .533  .378  .911 
1964 Twins        29  149   492   90  141  27   4  32   6.50   86   92   99   10   1  .287  .553  .404  .957 
1965 Twins        30  135   438   71  102  14   5  23   5.25   78   73  114   10   2  .233  .445  .342  .787 
1966 Twins        31   70   168   34   37   6   1   8   4.76   19   30   34    6   0  .220  .411  .345  .756 
1967 Twins        32  153   496   73  128  21   6  24   4.84   75   74  114    6   4  .258  .470  .356  .826 
1968 Twins        33  145   469   63  116  16   8  22   4.69   52   52   98    9   7  .247  .456  .324  .780 
1969 Twins        34   81   189   18   43   8   2   8   4.23   27   29   39    2   4  .228  .418  .333  .751 
1970 Twins        35   47    72   15   15   5   0   1   1.39    7   14   20    1   0  .208  .319  .345  .664 
     TOTALS          1541  5032  811 1281 216  53 256   5.09  796  795 1033   84  50  .255  .471  .358  .829 
     LG AVERAGE            5028  634 1283 202  35 137   2.72  593  514  744   61  34  .255  .391  .326  .717 
     POS AVERAGE           5090  707 1335 206  40 184   3.62  692  575  801   65  37  .262  .427  .339  .766 
YEAR TEAM           RC RCAA RCAP   OWP   RC/G   TB  EBH   ISO   SEC   BPA IBB HBP SAC  SF GIDP OUTS    PA POS
1958 Senators        1   -4   -4  .046   0.87    8    1  .029  .029  .189   0   0   0   0   1    31    37  CF
1959 Senators       85    6   -8  .529   5.01  275   57  .221  .335  .505   1   2   5   2  22   458   639  CF
1960 Senators       77    4   -1  .520   5.11  207   48  .162  .349  .482   4   2   5   4  14   407   604  RF
1961 Twins          91    0  -16  .495   5.38  250   53  .205  .381  .500   1   5   5   8  17   457   677  RF
1962 Twins         101   26   19  .627   6.80  265   61  .245  .412  .569   0   4   3   3   9   401   613  RF
1963 Twins         112   48   41  .732   7.60  281   64  .262  .442  .595   2   3   1   5   7   398   626  RF
1964 Twins         117   56   51  .764   8.73  272   63  .266  .472  .628   4   7   0   3   7   362   594  1B
1965 Twins          71   17    4  .613   5.49  195   42  .212  .397  .527   4   2   1   5   5   349   519  LF
1966 Twins          27    4    2  .571   5.40   69   15  .190  .405  .522   2   3   0   2   2   135   203  LF
1967 Twins          86   28   13  .668   6.09  233   51  .212  .365  .534   2   2   3   1   5   381   576  LF
1968 Twins          64    9   -4  .562   4.56  214   46  .209  .324  .484   5   2   1   2  16   379   526  LF
1969 Twins          24   -2   -3  .450   4.08   79   18  .190  .333  .452   5   1   1   0   8   159   220  LF
1970 Twins           9   -1   -2  .468   4.12   23    6  .111  .319  .425   0   1   0   0   2    59    87  LF
     TOTALS        865  191   92  .607   5.87 2371  525  .217  .381  .529  30  34  25  35 115  3976  5921 
     LG AVERAGE    650    0    0  .500   4.42 1966  374  .136  .243  .432  42  34  45  38 113  3976  5659 
     POS AVERAGE   747   96    0  .556   5.07 2174  430  .165  .283  .471  43  35  33  40 112  3976  5772 

BOB ALLISON LEAGUE LEADERSHIP RANKINGS

1959 AL GAMES 7TH 150; AT BATS T6TH 570; TRIPLES 1ST 9; HOMERUNS 6TH 30; HR/100 OUTS 9TH 6.55; HR/100 PA 7TH 4.69; HR/100 AB 8TH 5.26; STRIKEOUTS 6TH 92; STOLEN BASES 5TH 13; CAUGHT STEALING 5TH 8; SLG 8TH .482; TOTAL BASES 5TH 275; EXTRA BASE HITS 6TH 57; ISOLATED POWER 5TH .221; SECONDARY AVERAGE 8TH .335; GIDP 2ND 22; PLATE APPEARANCES T10TH 639; OUTS 5TH 458

1960 AL DOUBLES T8TH 30; WALKS 3RD 92; STRIKEOUTS T5TH 94; STOLEN BASES T9TH 11; CAUGHT STEALING 2ND 9; SECONDARY AVERAGE 7TH .349

1961 AL GAMES T7TH 159; HOMERUNS 7TH 29; RBI 7TH 105; WALKS 5TH 103; STRIKEOUTS 8TH 100; CAUGHT STEALING T9TH 7; SECONDARY AVERAGE 7TH .381; GIDP T10TH 17; SACRIFICE FLIES T6TH 8; PLATE APPEARANCES 10TH 677

1962 AL RUNS 3RD 102; TRIPLES T7TH 8; HOMERUNS T8TH 29; HR/100 OUTS 8TH 7.23; HR/100 PA 8TH 4.73; HR/100 AB 8TH 5.59; RBI 7TH 102; WALKS 10TH 84; STRIKEOUTS 3RD 115; SLG 5TH .511; OBA 9TH .370; OPS 6TH .881; RCAA 8TH 26; OWP 8TH .627; RUNS CREATED/GAME 7TH 6.80; EXTRA BASE HITS T8TH 61; ISOLATED POWER 4TH .245; SECONDARY AVERAGE 4TH .412; TOTAL AVERAGE 5TH .901; BPA 4TH .569

1963 AL RUNS 1ST 99; HOMERUNS 3RD 35; HR/100 OUTS 2ND 8.79; HR/100 PA 4TH 5.59; HR/100 AB 3RD 6.64; RBI T4TH 91; WALKS 3RD 90; STRIKEOUTS T5TH 109; SLG 2ND .533; OBA 4TH .378; OPS 1ST .911; RUNS CREATED 2ND 112; RCAA 1ST 48; RCAP 1ST 41; OWP 1ST .732; RUNS CREATED/GAME 2ND 7.60; TOTAL BASES 5TH 281; EXTRA BASE HITS 2ND 64; ISOLATED POWER 2ND .262; SECONDARY AVERAGE 1ST .442; TOTAL AVERAGE 1ST .967; BPA 1ST .595

1964 AL RUNS T9TH 90; DOUBLES T10TH 27; HOMERUNS T6TH 32; HR/100 OUTS 4TH 8.84; HR/100 PA 4TH 5.39; HR/100 AB 4TH 6.50; WALKS 4TH 92; SLG 4TH .553; OBA 2ND .404; OPS 3RD .957; RUNS CREATED 4TH 117; RCAA 2ND 56; RCAP 2ND 51; OWP 3RD .764; RUNS CREATED/GAME 3RD 8.73; TOTAL BASES 9TH 272; EXTRA BASE HITS T4TH 63; ISOLATED POWER 4TH .266; SECONDARY AVERAGE 3RD .472; TOTAL AVERAGE 3RD 1.058; BPA 3RD .628; HIT BY PITCHES T4TH 7

1965 AL HOMERUNS T9TH 23; HR/100 OUTS 5TH 6.59; HR/100 PA 5TH 4.43; HR/100 AB 5TH 5.25; WALKS T6TH 73; STRIKEOUTS 5TH 114; ISOLATED POWER 5TH .212; SECONDARY AVERAGE 3RD .397; TOTAL AVERAGE 8TH .810; BPA 7TH .527

1967 AL TRIPLES T10TH 6; HOMERUNS 7TH 24; HR/100 OUTS 8TH 6.30; HR/100 PA 7TH 4.17; HR/100 AB 8TH 4.84; WALKS 7TH 74; STRIKEOUTS 6TH 114; SLG 7TH .470; OBA 10TH .356; OPS 9TH .826; RUNS CREATED T9TH 86; RCAA T9TH 28; OWP 9TH .668; RUNS CREATED/GAME 9TH 6.09; EXTRA BASE HITS T8TH 51; ISOLATED POWER 7TH .212; SECONDARY AVERAGE 7TH .365; TOTAL AVERAGE 8TH .825; BPA 6TH .534

1968 AL TRIPLES 6TH 8; HOMERUNS T8TH 22; HR/100 OUTS 6TH 5.80; HR/100 PA 5TH 4.18; HR/100 AB 5TH 4.69; STRIKEOUTS 10TH 98; SLG 6TH .456; OPS 9TH .780; ISOLATED POWER 4TH .209; SECONDARY AVERAGE 7TH .324; GIDP T6TH 16

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