Mel Allen

The voice of Mel Allen is as resonantly warm and friendly as it is deep and authoritative. First heard on the radio in 1935, when he did football games for the University of Alabama, Allen continued on the air through the 1980s narrating television’s “This Week In Baseball.”

He became famous as the “Voice of the Yankees” (1939-64), a job and a team he loved. His home-run call, “That ball is going, going, gone!” became a trademark, as did his frequent exclamation, “How about that!” In 1978 he and Red Barber were the first broadcasters voted into the Hall of Fame (in the so-called Writers’ Wing).