Mel Allen began his sports broadcasting by calling Alabama Crimson Tide football games. Later while working for CBS, Allen was assigned to the 1938 World Series as a color commentator to begin his career in baseball. He began doing games for the Yankees in June of 1939.
After serving in WW II, and beginning in 1947 through 1964, before his contract was not renewed in 1965. He would rejoin the Yankees in 1976, and in 1977 Mel Allen was the voice This Week In Baseball. He broadcast a game in 1990 for WPIX to make him the first seven decade broadcaster.
Allen also broadcast for the Milwaukee Braves in 1965, 1968 Cleveland Indians television. He broadcast 12 Rose Bowls, 2 Orange Bowls and 2 Sugar Bowls.
He was one of the first two to receive the Ford C. Frick award for broadcasters along with Red Barber.