Everybody's All-American: Bernard Keith Allen, looking as
if he was fresh out of Boy Scout Camp. Why his
mother let him out of the house, I'll never know.
Use your imagination, and you can almost hear it...
Rookie Twins announcer Herb Carneal: "And Kaline grounds it to Rollins-he fields it, over to Allen, steps on second..on to Vic Power at first, and Kaline...he-eeesss's OUT, a double play..."
The Twins that summer, along with Bernie Allen, were still fresh out of the box that summer of 1962. It was also the year of the Telstar Communications Satellite, The Cuban Missle Crisis, the release of the first Beach Boys single, "Surfin," the first African-American, James Meredith, to enroll and attend the University of Mississippi, and, by the way, the birth year of the blogger guy you know as The Twins Twinkler.
Second baseman Allen placed third in the American League Rookie of The Year Award voting in '62 (behind future Twin Buck Rodgers (2nd) and Tom Tresh (1st)). He was an All-American shortstop out of Purdue University, where he was also the Boilermakers starting QB. He and his crew beat the Gopher football squad in 1960 at Memorial Stadium in Minneapolis by a score of 23-14. This game gave him an insight into Minnesota sports fans, with fair, good-natured treatement given him and his teammates as they left the field. This factored into his thinking when he chose to sign with Calvin Griffith and the Twins.
He took Billy Martin's place at second, having a fine year , as the Baseball Reference site shows. This was an accomplishment in that he merely avoided having the demure Martin bash his lights out. But factored in too were his twelve homers and otherwise excellent offensive and defensive numbers, and you then had a candidate to fill the organization's ongoing second base vacuum. He was chosen for the 1962 Topps Rookie All Star Team. He appeared to have "the right stuff." Or, so it seemed...
Bernie Allen 1963 Volpe Portrait, Twins
Team Set. Disembodied heads frighten me.
A-Ha! Does my little eye spy Harmon Killebrew (3)
and Vic Power (28)in the background?