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Mel Allen, legendary Yankees voice, dies at 83

Updated: June 11, 2003, 12:55 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

June 16, 1996

Mel Allen, the passionate Alabaman who became the voice of the Yankees, dies at age 83 at his home in Greenwich, Conn. Allen, who had open heart surgery seven years ago, had been ill for the past year.

Educated as a lawyer, Allen became a broadcaster. He did it all, from the World Series (20 times) to college football and boxing. He was best known for his work with the Yankees. Early in the 1939 season, he was hired to call Yankees' and Giants' home games on radio ...

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