While touring southern Africa, Allen found himself at a dinner table listening to funny stories from the former CFO of the Seattle Pilots, and with that, Inside Pitch was off and running.
Allen is a lifelong baseball fan who was living in California in the summer of 1958 when the new Los Angeles Dodgers moved from Brooklyn to LA. There, he began collecting baseball cards, never able to track down the card of Charlie Neal, second baseman for the Dodgers. Nearly sixty years later, his son found the card on eBay and surprised him with it at Christmas. Yes, he cried.
A Little League all-star at multiple positions and a frontline third baseman as a teenager in summer ball, Allen was a member of two county championship teams. His "storied career" in baseball ended at the age of eighteen as college called. He never saw a Pilots ball game, as the Pilots bounded to Milwaukee in 1970, and Allen went off to see new worlds with Uncle Sam.
In 1986, he became a rookie member of the oldest fantasy baseball league in the United States west of the Mississippi River. He's traveled to spring training in Arizona annually since 1986.
Married to Alvarita, his wife of over fifty years, they have two sons, both of whom played Little League ball, both of whom were coached at one time by Dad, and both of whom are Seattle Mariners fans.
Allen holds a BA in journalism from Eastern Washington, an MA in interpersonal communication from Ohio University, and an MA and a doctorate in public administration from the University of Southern California. He's worked in upper management and executive levels in the higher education, government, and nonprofit sectors and has founded and owned two small businesses.