Inserting Dick Allen’s Name into Works of Literature

It’s time to revive a fan favorite. That’s right, it’s another installment of Inserting Dick Allen‘s name into works of literature. Because if there’s one thing America needs more than Hot Effing Sports Opinions™, it’s Dick Allen.

Today, we cover J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye.

“Anyway, I keep picturing all these little Dick Allens playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little Dick Allens, and nobody’s around — nobody big, I mean — except me. And I’m standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch every Dick Allen if they start to go over the cliff — I mean if they’re running and they don’t look where they’re going I have to come out from somewhere and catch Dick Allen. That’s all I’d do all day. I’d just be the catcher of the Dick Allens and all. I know it’s crazy, but that’s the only thing I’d really like to be. I know it’s crazy.”

The author can certainly relate.

Dedicated to my main man, Dayn Perry.

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Navin Vaswani

A most glorious return of this feature. Thanks, Chris.

Illinois glass M. Michael Sheets
Illinois glass M. Michael Sheets

Thank you bringing this most wonderous installment to the forefront. Tremendous job and additional bloviations.

My attempt covering Orwell’s 1984….

“Day by day and almost minute by minute the past was brought up to date. In this way every prediction made by Dick Allen could be shown by documentary evidence to have been correct; nor was any item of news, or any expression of opinion, which conflicted with the needs of Dick Allen, ever allowed to remain on record.”