Originally written on IT IS HIGH, IT IS FAR, IT IS caught  |  Last updated 2/26/13
In early 1964, after he cracked up on the air during the Yankees' World Series debacle against Koufax and Drysdale, announcer Mel Allen - the Voice of the Yankees for more than 22 years - was abruptly shown the door. He had given the organization everything, and in return, the ownership spread rumors of booze, uppers and homosexuality, and threw him overboard like a rotting piece of liver. Later, Red Barber, his longtime contemporary, wrote in his memoir about Mel that the wealthy Yankee owners simply did not understand what it is to work for a living.This weekend, from the Jeep-driven bully pulpit of Tampa, John Sterling - the modern reincarnation of Mel Allen - delved into the A-Rod mess and, you might say, glimpsed everyone's future, including his own. Bob Raissman of the Daily News captured it.  (Ma is Suzyn Waldman)"But they (MLB officials) have to prove all this,” Sterling said. “It’s got to be proven.” Ma wanted to get a word in. Smoke was coming out of her ears. We imagined...
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