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Today in White Sox History: November 15

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Dick Allen is rewarded, after one of the greatest seasons in franchise history.

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Dick Allen poses with the MVP award he won in 1972, before a MLB game at Comiskey Park.
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1972

After accomplishing one of the greatest individual seasons in franchise history and barely missing the Triple Crown, White Sox first baseman Dick Allen was named the MVP of the American League by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Allen led the league with 37 home runs, 113 RBIs, a .603 slugging percentage and 99 walks. He led the Sox with a .308 batting average, drove in 19 game-winning runs, stole 19 bases, scored 90 runs and was only .0005 points shy of leading all AL first basemen in fielding. He was the overall MBL leading vote-getter for the All-Star team.

Allen garnered 21 of 24 first place votes, for 321 points. Joe Rudi of the A’s was second, with 164 points.