“Smith deftly dispels many of the ugly myths that have long haunted the legacy of this titan of broadcasting. I was happily returned to my youth, Ballantine Blasts, and ‘How About That!’”
Fay Vincent Major League Baseball Commissioner, 1989–1992, and author of The Last Commissioner
“Allen’s glory, downfall, and comeback make a remarkable story, and Smith tells it with a great balance of description and scholarship.”
Ernie Harwell Baseball Hall of Fame announcer and Sports Illustrated’s Voice of the “All-Time Dream Team”
THE VOICE Mel Allen’s Untold Story CURT SMITH
Mel Allen and his signature phrase “How About That” provided a soundtrack to the lives of sports fans for decades, chronicling the exploits of the New York Yankees during their glory years from 1939 to 1964, as well as major sporting events from boxing to college football. His firing by the Yankees after twenty five years shocked the sports world and was shrouded in mystery. In The Voice, Curt Smith gives an in-depth account of the rise, fall, and comeback of one of the most compelling figures in broad- casting history.
Curt Smith is the author of eleven books, including Voices of the Game and What Baseball Means to Me. He lives in Rochester, New York.
The never-before-told story behind Allen’s termination
Author is recognized as the leading historian on baseball broadcasting history
Includes b|w photographs
“No other sportscaster ever had such a tremendous hold on the baseball public, yet worried more about losing his grip. A chilling reminder that being the best may not mean the happiest. A must-read.”
Bob Wolff Baseball Hall of Fame announcer
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