Peter Bavasi, chief exec of the American League's expansion Toronto Blue Jays, related, "About two weeks ago, I got a phone call from a Melvya Leshinsky, who said he was representing Dick Allen. He said Allen had gotten some feelers from other clubs but what would really make him happy would be playing for his favorite team, the Toronto Blue Jays."
"I'm not certain Mr. Allen's background is consistent with our program in Toronto," Bavasi said he told Leshinsky, who has offices on Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda. "Dick would really like to be part of Toronto's program," Leshinsky responded.Bavasi stressed that Allen would have to observe the same rules as all other players - that Allen, who detests spring training, would be expected to appear at the Blue Jays' opening practice "at 10 a.m., not 10:01 and not 10:02. That was prerequisite No. 1. Prerequisite No. 2 was that Mr. Allen was expected to put out his complete best effort, attend all scheduled batting practices and present himself at all meetings and, of course, all ball games . . . I made it clear that Mr. Allen needed us more than we needed him. Once Mr. Allen sees that the club needs him, he starts not showing up."
Leshinsky replied that Allen found everything acceptable, and he would call back Allen's favorite team on Monday. That would have been Jan. 31. Bavasi is still waiting - but not with bated breath - for that call . . .