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Mel Allen: A True New York Yankee

years ago, a cable station named Sportschannel carried about 40 New York Yankees' games each season. The announcer was Mel Allen.

"Hello, everybody, this is Mel Allen!" is the way he would greet his listeners, either at the start of the broadcast or after taking over for a colleague who has announced the first portion of the game.

In June, 1938, Yankees' radio broadcaster Garnett Marks did a commercial for Ivory Soap. He referred to it as "Ovary Soap" twice and was gone. Mel Allen was hired.

The following season, Allen became both the Yankees and the New York Giants' lead voice. Only the home games were broadcast.

Just as John Sterling, who is really Harold Moskowitz, changed his name, so did Melvin Israel, who used his ...

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