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Bob Allison

William Robert "Bob" Allison (July 11, 1934 - April 9, 1995), born in Raytown, Missouri, 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.

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 and led the league in runs scored (99), and in on-base plus slugging (.911). The same season, he belted three homers in a single game in consecutive at-bats. In 1963 he hit 35 homers with 91 RBI; 32 and 86 in 1964. 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 batted .255 with 256 home runs, 796 RBI, 811 runs, 1281 hits, 216 doubles, 53 triples, and 84 stolen bases in 1541 games. He is well remembered by 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.

Bob Allison died in Rio Verde, Arizona at 60 years of age.

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