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Archie P. Allen

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Archie Allen was a minor league outfielder for four years and a college coach for 31 seasons.

In 1937, he hit .354 and slugged .535 in 84 games for the Norfolk Tars, while fielding .984 in the outfield. Had he qualified, he would have edged Bobby Estalella for the Piedmont League batting title. In 1938, he hit .307/.376/.428 for the Binghamton Triplets, legging out 10 triples. He tied for 10th in the Eastern League in three-baggers, tied for 7th with 85 runs and tied for 6th with 31 doubles. He was named the All-Star right fielder, joining Tommy Holmes and Charles Bauder in the outfield. Back with Binghamton for 1939, he hit .297 with 25 doubles, 10 triples and 10 home runs for a .435 slugging percentage. He tied for 6th in the EL in triples (four of the players with more would spend time in the majors) and he was 4th with 161 hits, trailing George Staller, Glenn McQuillen and Hubie FitzGerald. He wrapped up his career with a rough 1940, hitting only .245 with a .345 slugging between Norfolk (.169 in 18 G), the Tulsa Oilers (.170 in 53 G), Binghamton and the Scranton Red Sox (.271 in 85 G between the two), a far cry from his other three seasons as a pro. Overall, he had batted .296 in 476 minor league games.

He then was head baseball coach at at Springfield College from 1948 to 1978. Under his leadership, the school reached the College World Series in 1951 (4th place) and 1955 (8th place) as well as the 1970 Division II College World Series (4th place). He was the college coach for Wayne Granger, Glenn Adams and Archie Moore.

He also managed the U.S. squad at the 1963 Pan American Games (they won Silver) and managed the Dutch National Team to Gold in the 1964 European Championship.


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