One of the few professional baseball players to have had his start in East Liverpool, Ohio, Bernard Keith “Bernie” Allen was born on April 16,1939, and became a natural at every sport he played, but his true love was always baseball.
A three-sport letterman at East Liverpool High School, Bernie continued his education at Purdue University playing both baseball and football; receiving several awards, including being named the baseball team’s MVP twice and altogether earned six varsity letters.
As a football quarterback for the Boilermakers in 1960, he was selected the team MVP, after leading his team to a record of 4-4-1 with wins over Notre Dame, Minnesota and Ohio State. The victory over Ohio State, in which he kicked the game-winning field goal, earned him the Sports Illustrated offensive back of the week honor. Selected for the Blue-Gray game, he threw three touchdowns and led the team to a 35-7 victory over the Gray squad which featured Fran Tarkenton.
After being named an All-American shortstop in 1961, Bernie signed with the Minnesota Twins, where he played five seasons. It was then on to the Washington Senators, the New York Yankees and then the Montreal Expos, where he completed his career after 900 games as a second baseman. In that position, Bernie was one of a few ball players who threw right- handed but batted left-handed.
He went on to become a long-time representative of the The Ferro Corporation and is presently semi-retired, residing in Carmel, Ind., while traveling extensively to fulfill requests to participate in charity golf events.Bernie, father of four, and his wife Sharon, mother of two share six children, all grown adults.