Bob Allison of the Minnesota Twins has always been a hard worker. During the baseball season he runs a weekly television program. He is also player representative for his team and the American League. When the season is over, he puts on a business suit, picks up his briefcase and becomes Robert Allison, sales representative and public relations man for Coca-Cola. So when Minnesota Manager Sam Mele told Allison this spring that he would have to learn to play first base because Mele wanted hard-hitting young Tony Oliva to take over Allison's old right-field job, Bob took the change with enthusiasm. "It means work," he said, "but you have to work if you want to succeed."
A lot of Minnesota fans were less enthusiastic about the move, claiming it would simply make a mediocre first baseman out of a good right fielder. They did not know Bob Allison. Allison has been so good this season he was chosen for the American League All-Star team, not because of his fielding, but because of his hitting. Never in his six previous major league years has Allison hit as he is hitting this year. His lifetime average is only .258, but this season he has been well over .300. Last week Allison had 11 hits, including four doubles and two home runs. He leads the league in doubles with 23, and is second in home runs with 21 and in runs scored with 60. His average of .336 is also tops. No. 2? Why, Tony Oliva, the man who made Bob Allison a first baseman.