A rare third-deck homer at Stadium
Was that Brandon Allen who hit a home run in the third deck of right field at Yankee Stadium in the second inning Tuesday night, or Dick Allen?
Not too many balls have reached that level of the new Stadium since its opening in 2009. Mark Teixeira drove one up there last year, and regular Stadium basher Russell Branyan also parked one in that section. Brandon Allen joined the group with his blast off Bartolo Colon.
Dick Allen, who was both a Rookie of the Year (National League, 1964, with the Phillies) and a Most Valuable Player (American League, 1972, with the White Sox) was a masher of the first order in the 1960s and ‘70s. He hit 351 home runs, several of them in orbit. Dick Allen was a right-handed batter, however, so the chances of his hitting one into the upper deck in right field at the Stadium was pretty remote.
I recall that back in his era Allen was a player mentioned about having a chance to hit a fair ball out of the old Stadium along with Mickey Mantle, Harmon Killebrew and Frank Howard. No one ever did it.
Brandon Allen, a left-handed batter, came to Oakland on the July 31 trading deadline from Arizona in a deal for pitcher Brad Ziegler. Allen began the year in the minors and hit .172 in 11 games for the Diamondbacks before the trade. He entered Tuesday night’s game batting .379 in nine games, but this was his first home run for the A’s and fourth of the year and long enough to count for two.