Mostly Credited As: Mel Allen
Sometimes Credited As: Melvin Allen
Birth Name: Melvin Allen Israel
Date Of Birth: February 13, 1913 (Age 83)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Birmingham, Alabama
Date Of Death: June 16, 1996
Cause Of Death: Unknown cause (Greenwich, Connecticut)
Mel Allen's face might not be familiar, but his voice is known to millions of baseball fans. He was heard on radio, Fox Movietone Newsreels, baseball games and numerous other projects.
Born in Alabama, Mel Allen began his broadcasting career while studying at the University of Alabama. Although he graduated from University of Alabama Law School, he never practiced law. Instead, he followed his love of baseball into a career in broadcasting.
By 1937, he was broadcasting for CBS radio introducing radio programs like big band concerts and game shows. In 1939, he was hired by the New York Yankees to be part of their broadcasting team. Interrupted by his service with the US Army during WWII when he could be heard on The Army Hour and Armed Forces Service Radio programs, the job lasted until 1964. He went on to broadcast baseball games for the Milwaukee Braves (1965) and the Cleveland Indians (1968) before returning to the Yankees in 1976. In his career, he was the voice of the Major League Baseball's All-Star Game 24 times and a number of World Series games.
In 1977, he became the narrator of This Week in Baseball highlighting the great plays of the previous week and informing viewers with bits of baseball trivia.
In 1978, he received the first Ford C. Frick Award along with Red Barber in honor of the broadcasting contributions to baseball. Ten years later, he was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame.