R. S. Allen was born and reared in East Tennessee during the last two decades of segregation. Like a lot of kids that grew up in the 1950’s, he envisioned himself one day wearing pin stripes. In 1953 at age 9 he saw a pitcher he would try to emulate into his teens. Then and for all the years that followed he wondered why this pitcher pitched in a league not worthy of his talent. Following almost 30 years as an investigator, half of it as an FBI Agent, and another 10 years as a business owner, he found the time to answer this lingering unanswered question.
'53 Smokies pitcher Ken Buckles with the author
The author and the Tugersons