Mel Allen

Mel Allen

Original Name Melvin Allen Israel
Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama, USA
Death 16 Jun 1996 (aged 83)
Greenwich, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA
Burial Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA
Plot B6
Memorial ID 4081 · View Source
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Baseball Hall of Fame Sportscaster. Born Melvin Allen Israel, he was best known as the Voice of the New York Yankees, broadcasting their games during the glory years from 1949 to 1964. In 1937, Allen was invited to join the CBS Radio Network in New York as an announcer, where he was the main spokesman for the network's drama and game shows. He started to broadcast games for both the Yankees and the Giants in 1939 and was coined for his trademark praise, "How about that?". After serving in the US Army Armed Forces Service Radio programs during World War II, he returned to Major League Baseball to broadcast for the Yankees and do the All-Star Game 24 times. Through the coarse of his career, he also was play-by-play announcer for the NFL Washington Redskins, New York Giants, Miami Dolphins, 14 Rose Bowl, 2 Orange Bowl, 2 Sugar Bowl games, plus the "This Week in Baseball" TV show and Cleveland Indians games on television. In addition to being a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, he is also a member of the Radio Hall of Fame, American Sportscaster's Hall of Fame and National Sportscaster's Hall.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Mel Allen (14 Feb 1913–16 Jun 1996), Find A Grave Memorial no. 4081, citing Beth-el Cemetery, Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .