"But this generation, unlike Robinson's, did not end with an exclamation mark. Instead it bled slowly and imperceptibly into the modern game, where the racial double standard finally disappeared, and if you don't look for it, you're likely to miss it. But it's there. And Dick Allen, at times unwittingly, at times quite cunningly, is a large part of the reason it ultimately succeeded." ~ Nathanson
"When the game was on, everybody was for you," Nathanson quotes Allen. "When the game was over, everybody walked away from you and you were on your own."
"By opening night of the 1969 season, hostility was thick in the Philadelphia air; most of those who trudged toward the dilapidated ballpark in the dilapidated neighborhood did so for one reason: to boo Dick Allen."
"I like it here in Chicago and I made up my mind that no matter what happens, this is the last club I'm going to play baseball with. I'm just too tired of moving around."
"I never got the chance to relate to the kids in North Philly the last time I was here. But I'm going to become involved this time."
"For the first few months of the season the fans and writers remained solidly behind him; the team's sparkling play overshadowed his diminishing skills."
"Dick declined to join them, choosing instead to remain on the frosty bench accompanied only by his thoughts."
"The athlete who goes his own way can no longer expect to be disparaged; he might even be worshiped for his steadfastness and resolve. Although many wouldn't know him if they passed him on the street, all of these athletes owe a debt to Dick Allen for making their lives easier and more prosperous, for going through everything he went through simply because he believed that if he wasn't himself he wasn't anybody. For making the sports establishment realize that it didn't matter so much after all what one did before or after the game provided he could perform at a peak level when it counted. They have reaped the benefits; Dick has paid the price." ~ Nathanson