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'How About That!'

Stephen Borelli, the baseball editor of USA Today Sports Weekly, came to the Library to discuss his new book, “How About That! The Life of Mel Allen.”

“How About That!” cover, 2005. [Front cover of Jackie Robinson comic book], ca. 1951.

“How About That!” is the first biography of Allen, who was one of the most famous sports broadcasters in American history. CNN’s Larry King praised the volume as “a wonderful book about a wonderful life; I knew and loved Mel Allen, and Borelli captures him in full measure.”

From the 1930s until his death in 1996, the unmistakable voice and phrases of Allen attracted an enormous following of sports fans on radio and then television. Allen’s signature phrases, “How about that?” (after a spectacular play) and “Going … going … gone!” (during a home run) made him an American icon. After more than three decades as the announcer for the New York Yankees, the team dismissed him in 1964. Allen’s second broadcasting life, during the late 1970s through the mid-1990s, centered on the groundbreaking television show “This Week in Baseball,” which he hosted.

If you’d like to hear what Borelli had to say about Allen, you can do so by accessing the Webcast of this event. More information on the history of baseball is available in three presentations in the American Memory Web site: “Baseball and Jackie Robinson,” “Baseball Cards: 1887-1914” and “Spalding Base Ball Guides, 1889-1939.”

Hundreds of Library programs can be viewed from the Library’s Webcasts home page anytime, day or night, from the convenience of your computer. There are programs to suit every taste and age. If you can’t decide, you may want to take a look at what others are viewing. On this page is a list of what are currently the most popular Library Webcasts. At the time of this writing, “Publishing the Declaration of Independence” was, appropriate for July, the most popular program.

A. “How About That!” cover, 2005. Reproduction information: Not available for reproduction.

B. [Front cover of Jackie Robinson comic book], ca. 1951. Serial and Government Publications Division. Reproduction information: Reproduction No.: LC-USZC4-6144 DLC (color film copy transparency); Call No.: Comics box 166a