Born in St. Catharines, Allen played his minor baseball with the T.P. Old Guard juvenile and junior teams in 1947 and 1948. He was scouted by the Brooklyn Dodgers and signed a minor league contract after attending the team’s spring training camp in 1949. That season he pitched a no hitter for Sheboygan in A ball and was named to the States All-star team.
In 1950 and 1951, he played at the AA level in Fort Worth, Texas, Asheville, North Carolina and Elmira, New York before advancing to AAA level ball with the Columbus Red Birds in 1952. In his first three seasons with the Red Birds, he was 8-10 with a 4.99 earned run average. At the plate, he hit .236 in 1952 and .429 in limited at bats in 1953.
After five seasons in the Dodgers minor league system, Allen returned to Ontario to play Senior A level ball in the Intercounty League with Kitchener and St. Catharines. Later, Allen played fastball with Livingstone Fuels and was part of an Ontario championship squad.
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