Mel Allen

Mel Allen
Birthdate 2/14/1913
Death Date 6/16/1996
Debut Year 1938
Year of Induction
Teams Yankees
Position Announcer

Known as “The voice of the Yankees”, Mel Allen received a plaque in Yankee Stadium’s Monument park on July 25, 1998 – How about that?!

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Mel Allen had baseball's biggest stage as announcer for the New York Yankees

Mel Allen had baseball's biggest stage as announcer for the New York Yankees

Mel Allen’s long and storied announcing career puts him on the Mount Rushmore of baseball broadcasters. The voice of the Yankees from 1939-1964, he called the action for 19 pennant-winning clubs and 13 World Series champions. Allen started each game with his familiar, “Hello there everyb
From 1954-1964 Red Barber and Mel Allen called games for the Yankees

From 1954-1964 Red Barber and Mel Allen called games for the Yankees

When Red Barber left the Brooklyn Dodgers broadcast booth in 1953, the Yankees immediately signed him. In the Bronx, Barber teamed with Mel Allen as a study in contrasts. Barber was a man who carefully chose his words and actions; Allen was a man who enjoyed the excitement of the game and New York C
In 1992 Mel Allen received baseball's prestigious William J. Slocum Award

In 1992 Mel Allen received baseball's prestigious William J. Slocum Award

Among the many honors Mel Allen received is baseball’s prestigious William J. Slocum Award. The honor is given each year by the New York Baseball Writers Association. Starting in 1930, the writers bestowed it on baseball’s most important people. In the first decade of the honor such lumi

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The William J. Slocum Award is one of MLB’s most prestigious honors

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William J. Slocum Award

The oldest professional sport in the United States, baseball remains America’s National Pastime to this day. The game’s current leagues were flourishing soon after the end of the 1800s. Every city with a team had multiple newspapers reporting their games. Sportswriters worked from stadium press boxes describing their team’s contests in great detail. The widespread news coverage helped grow the game.
In 1908 writers banded together to form the Baseball Writers Association of America. The BBWAA’s founding mission was to “ensure professional working conditions for beat writers at all MLB ballparks and to promote uniformity of scoring methods.
Early in the 1900s New York City boasted three big league teams, the Giants and Dodgers of the National League, and the Highlanders – who later became the Yankees – in the American League. The Big Apple soon became the hub of the baseball world.
One of the writers who covered the New York teams was William J. Slocum. Respected for his baseball knowledge and writing ability, Slocum quickly rose to the top of his profession. Well-liked, he helped organize the New York chapter of the BBWAA.
The Bill Slocom Award is one of the most prestigious awards baseball has to offer. The little-known honor has been given to more than 50 members of the Hall of Fame.

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2 responses to “Mel Allen”

  1. Bill says:

    Really like to watch this week in baseball. He made that show.

  2. Bill says:

    I’m sure glad he made the Baseball Ball of Fame! He made baseball fun.

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