Allen spent 12 years playing in the majors, breaking in with the Minnesota Twins in 1962 and finishing with the Montreal Expos in 1973. He made an immediate impact with Minnesota as a rookie, hitting .269 while setting career highs in home runs (12), RBIs (64) and runs (79). He played in 159 games that year and finished third in the American League Rookie of the Year vote. He was never as effective at the plate again. His average dropped to .240 in 1963 and continued to slide for the next seven seasons. He remained the Twins, and later the Washington Senators, primary second baseman through 1971 when he was traded to the New York Yankees. The Yankees went on to deal him to the Expos in 1973 which is where he finished his career. Allen hit .239 in 1,139 games with 73 home runs.
Allen’s first hit came on opening day, 1962 at Municipal Stadium in Kansas City. In the sixth inning he lined a two-out triple to center field off Royals’ pitcher Ed Rakow, plating Earl Battey for his first RBI.
Prior to his baseball career, Allen was the starting quarterback at Purdue University. He led the team to a top 20 finish in 1960 with wins over Notre Dame and Ohio State. He is a member of the Purdue Athletics Hall of Fame.
Bernie Allen – career stats