In this series, I will look at each player who played in 1981, the year I was born. Because, why not?
Boston did have their catcher of the future make his debut in 1980 but Allenson was promoted to the primary backup catcher. Rich Gedman was now the starting catcher. Allenson had a solid season for the Red Sox, hitting .223/.335/.388 with five home runs and 25 RBIs. His ability to get on base was a large part of his value. He was not terribly impressive defensively, which is part of why he remained a backup, along with the upside of Gedman.