Born on February 14, 1913, in Birmingham, Alabama, Mel Allen loved
the game of baseball even as a boy, and this affection for the sport
led him to be first a sports columnist and then a broadcaster. His
first job behind the microphone was doing the play-by-play of a
football game between Tulane and Alabama, which had special significance
for the graduate of the University of Alabama Law School.
In 1937, Allen was invited to join the CBS Network in New York
as an announcer and in the next few years was heard frequently welcoming
listeners to big band remotes or shows like Truth or Consequences.
In 1939, he broadcast games for both the Yankees and the Giants,
then became the voice of the Yankees. How about
that? became his trademarked exclamation point after Yankee
Even after entering the Army in 1943, where he legally changed
his name from Melvin Allen Israel, Allen continued to be heard on
The Army Hour and Armed Forces Service Radio programs. After
his return to civilian life, Allen became such an accepted voice
of authority on the great American pastime that the networks and
Major League Baseball called on him to broadcast the All-Star Game
It was undoubtedly Allens intimate knowledge of the game
and his Southern charm that accounted for his popularity, especially
during the glory years of the Yankees, from 1949 to 1964, when virtually
every October meant World Series time for the Bronx Bombers and
Mel Allen time on the radio.
Mel Allen died on June 16, 1996.
Mel Allen was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1988.
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