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Dick Allen is slated to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at White Sox Park Sunday, as the Sox honor their 1972 American League Most Valuable Player.

It’s certainly overdue recognition for Allen, who as I wrote a couple weeks ago was really the most beautiful, well-rounded player I’d ever seen to that point in ’72—and would retain that status until Ryne Sandberg fully developed a dozen years later.

Yet I want to revisit the notion that Allen single-handedly saved the franchise, something even the Chicago Baseball Museum seems to be backing off on as it joins in honoring Allen “and the team that saved our Sox” with a fund-raiser Monday at Sox Park.