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Newt Allen

Newt Allen

Newton Henry Allen

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 8", Weight 160 lb.
  • Born: May 19, 1901 in Austin, TX USA
  • Died: June 25, 1988 in Cincinnati, OH USA

Newton Henry "Newt" Allen (May 19, 1901 – June 9, 1988) was an American second baseman and manager in baseball's Negro Leagues.

Born in Austin, Texas, he began his Negro League career late in 1922 with the Kansas City Monarchs and, except for brief stints with other teams in 1931 and 1932, stayed with the Monarchs until his retirement in 1948. Long known for his leadership ability, he became the Monarchs' manager in 1941 when Andy Cooper suffered a pre-season stroke and died during the season. He won the Negro American League championship that season, but resigned as manager just before the beginning of the following season, resuming his duties as a reserve infielder.

Allen's accomplishments as a player were even more impressive. A master at scoring runs, he bunted, stole bases and almost always provided the spark his team needed to win. Among the fastest baserunners of his generation of Negro Leaguers, his most remarkable season was his 1929 campaign, in which he batted .330 while hitting 24 doubles and stealing 23 bases in a typically abbreviated Negro League season.

Like the comparable Judy Johnson, he was a remarkable fielder, arguably the best fielding second baseman of any race from the 1920s through the 1940s, and was at his best in pressure situations. Unlike Johnson, Newt Allen is not in the Hall of Fame, although many experts regard him as having been superior to many white inductees. Allen did make the list of 39 finalists for the 2006 special Negro Leagues and Pre-Negro Leagues Election, but was not one of the 17 finally chosen.

Allen died at age 87 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Known statistics: .293 career batting average, 16 home runs, 640 games.

Negro Leagues Career Statistics

Year Team League G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB BA SLG
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
1923 Kansas City Monarchs NNL 33 115 21 35 1 2 0 10 2 10 .304 .348
1924 Kansas City Monarchs NNL 85 342 60 94 17 3 2 34 4 43 .275 .360
1925 Kansas City Monarchs NNL 88 355 60 108 10 10 3 14 13 35 .304 .414
1926 Kansas City Monarchs NNL 80 311 43 76 10 5 1 20 12 31 .244 .318
1927 Kansas City Monarchs NNL 85 325 52 105 18 3 2 9 11 26 .323 .415
1928 Kansas City Monarchs NNL 74 295 42 81 13 4 2 15 19 24 .275 .366
1929 Kansas City Monarchs NNL 73 291 64 96 27 6 3 17 22 24 .330 .495
1930 Kansas City Monarchs NNL 57 240 28 87 12 5 2 10 5 15 .363 .479
1931 St. Louis Stars
Kansas City Monarchs
NNL
NNL
30 115 21 31 8 3 1 6 1 10 .270 .417
1932 Homestead Grays
Kansas City Monarchs
unaffiliated
unaffiliated
46 180 35 48 5 1 1 7 7 20 .267 .322
1933 Kansas City Monarchs unaffiliated 8 29 6 7 1 0 0 5 4 4 .241 .276
1934 Kansas City Monarchs unaffiliated 8 34 4 7 2 1 0 1 1 1 .206 .324
1935 Kansas City Monarchs unaffiliated 4 15 1 4 2 0 0 0 1 2 .267 .400
1936 Kansas City Monarchs unaffiliated 3 12 3 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 .083 .083
1937 Chicago American Giants
Kansas City Monarchs
NAL
NAL
47 180 27 59 7 2 1 11 11 21 .328 .406
1938 Kansas City Monarchs NAL 27 100 17 24 5 0 0 4 2 10 .240 .290
1939 Kansas City Monarchs NAL 29 99 13 25 4 0 0 6 2 4 .253 .293
1940 Kansas City Monarchs NAL 20 70 11 19 2 0 0 7 1 4 .271 .300
1941 Kansas City Monarchs NAL 28 108 18 30 3 1 0 9 4 9 .278 .324
1942 Kansas City Monarchs NAL 22 85 13 28 2 0 0 8 0 7 .329 .353
1943 Kansas City Monarchs NAL 18 70 7 17 4 0 0 2 0 5 .243 .300
1944 Kansas City Monarchs NAL 47 163 15 33 7 1 0 8 4 4 .202 .258
1945-1946 retired as a player
1947 Indianapolis Clowns NAL 2 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .500 .500
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Total 23 seasons 914 3538 561 1017 160 47 18 204 126 312 .287 .375
per 162 games 5.64 162 627 99 180 28 8 3 36 22 55 .287 .375
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