The Voice: Mel Allen's Untold Story

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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 ...

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Overview

“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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  • ISBN-13: 9781599210940
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2007
  • 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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“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 tohim 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2007

    It's spring and I have another Curt Smith book to read

    I read 'Voices of Summer' last year and have been looking forward to the next book by Smith. When I saw the review in the NY Daily News, I was glad to know this was out. My rating is based on his past work, the good review and my anticipation of another good springtime read. I can't wait to read why Allen was fired. My dad used to talk about that mystery and the Daily News made it sound fascinating. Now, I guess we will find out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2007

    'Read this Book to Understand Baseball'

    'I grew up loving American League baseball. No announcer could share the game of baseball like the Yankee's Mel Allen. He explained, enthralled, inspired, humored and enthused the fan. Mel Allen was 'the Voice' of the Yankees. He also was 'the Voice' of all fans. I hated the Yankees... but I loved Mel Allen. Curt Smith has written a dynamite book. It is the best book that I have seen on Mel Allen. Smith is a knowledgeable, insightful and playful writer. Great book!!!!

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