The Voice: Mel Allen's Untold Story

The Voice: Mel Allen's Untold Story

by Curt Smith
     
 

“This is the fascinating story, lyrically told by Curt Smith, of the all-time Voice of Baseball. Smith deftly dispels many of the ugly myths that have long haunted the legacy of this titan of broadcasting.”
—Fay Vincent, Major League Baseball Commissioner, 1989-92

 

The Voice is the stunning story, brilliantly told, of a life without

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“This is the fascinating story, lyrically told by Curt Smith, of the all-time Voice of Baseball. Smith deftly dispels many of the ugly myths that have long haunted the legacy of this titan of broadcasting.”
—Fay Vincent, Major League Baseball Commissioner, 1989-92

 

The Voice is the stunning story, brilliantly told, of a life without parallel in sportscasting history: a man who had all, lost all, and, incredibly, came back. To post–World War II America, Mel Allen defined radio and TV, ­airing the World Series, All-Star Game, Rose Bowl, and Movietone newsreels. Variety magazine called his voice among the world’s 25 most recognizable. Allen’s en famille was baseball’s gold standard: the New York Yankees. The nation’s premier sportscaster was in love with his work, yet always afraid it would end.
 In 1940, Mel, 27, became Yankees Voice. In 1964, spurning comment, the pinstripes fired him, near Allen’s peak as an institution. To the average person, America’s nonpareil Voice became a nonperson, simply ceasing to exist. Columnist Maury Allen has covered sports since 1959: “No topic caused more mail than why the Yankees fired Mel.” This is the first book to explain why.
 The Voice also tells how Allen responded: gallantly, even nobly. In the mid-1970s, ­television’s new “This Week In Baseball” asked Mel to audition. Even at “TWIB,” many thought him dead. Instead, Allen forged TV’s highest-rated syndicated sports serial. “For years he was a forgotten man,” said Sports Illustrated, “but it has all come back to him in abundance.” The Voice: Mel Allen’s Untold Story etches the extraordinary rise, ruin, and recovery of baseball’s ultimate broadcasting celebrity.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599210940
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
04/01/2007
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Curt Smith is an author, award-winning radio/television commentator, and former presidential speechwriter to George H.W. Bush. He is considered America's leading baseball radio/television historian.

Smith's eleven books are Voices of Summer, What Baseball Means To Me, Storied Stadiums, Our House, Windows on the White House, Of Mikes and Men, The Storytellers, A Fine Sense of the Ridiculous, Voices of The Game, Long Time Gone, and America's Dizzy Dean.

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