Allen suffered through three losing seasons with the Dodgers (in the best of them, 1913, he went 4-18 – the worst record in the majors – despite a better-than-average 2.83 ERA). He was making $2,000 a year in 1914 when he jumped to the Federal League at the end of the season. It proved fortunate for the 6’1″ 158-lb Allen, who finished second in the league with 23 wins and six shutouts in 1915. The highlight of his season came early, when, on April 24, he no-hit St. Louis, walking four and striking out two to defeat Bob Groom 2-0.
After the demise of the Federal League, he became a Brave and continued to pitch well (8-2, 2.07), but dropped off to 3-11, 3.94 in 1917.