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The Detroit Jewish News, 1991-10-25

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Jewish Sports Hall Of Fame
Honors Two Student-Athletes

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he Michigan Jewish
Sports Hall of Fame
announced the
winners of its first annual
high school student-athletes
of the year.
Heather Davis and Eddie
Wolkind were selected for
their achievements both on
the playing field and in the
classroom.
Ms. Davis, a senior at
Berkley High, is a three-
sport athlete, and has let-
tered iri both soccer and
basketball. She was named
team M.V.P. for soccer and
now is captain of the girls
basketball team.
Active in both school and
social activities, Ms. Davis
waits tables more than 20
hours a week, is a member of
the National Honor Society
and takes a college-level
English class.
She was nominated by her
high school athletic director,
Bob Gershman, and didn't
know about the award until
she won.
"I got a phone call and that
was the first time I had
heard about it," she said.
Ms. Davis is planning to
attend the University of
Colorado at Boulder next
year, where she will par-
ticipate in some intramural
sports.
Mr. Wolkind, now a
freshman at the University
of Michigan, won seven var-

Eddie Wolkind:
Country Day star.

sity letters at Detroit Coun-
try Day School. He was All-
District in baseball. and All-
Area football during his
senior year.
"Eddie was a tough, hard-
nosed player with the heart
of a lion," said his football
coach, Joe D'Angelo. His
baseball coach, Frank
Orlando, echoed those sen-
timents.
"Eddie was the inspira-
tional leader of his team. His
intensity and com-
petitiveness raised the level
of play in all his team-
mates."
Mr. Wolkind also won cum
laude academic honors at
Country Day.
The winners are chosen by
a committee of local sport-

Heather Davis:
Berkley leader.

swriters, with nominations
taken from area coaches.
The award is sponsored by
the Hall of Fame and The
Jewish News. Winners will
be given plaques at the Hall
of Fame's annual dinner,
which raises money for the
Hall of Fame Games and col-
lege scholarships for needy
Jewish student-athletes.
A silent auction at the
Nov. 4 dinner will, according
to Hall of Fame secretary
James Grossman, "have
some stuff that nobody else
has." Among these items: an
autographed Wayne Gretzky
jersey, a basketball signed
by several NBA superstars
and dinner and a basketball
game with Piston GM Jack
McCloskey.

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H

e was the voice of the
Yankees and he was
the voice of a friend.
He knew "The Babe" and
"Larrupin Lou." He named
DiMaggio "Joltin' Joe" and
Tommy Henrich "Old
Reliable." From 1939 to 1964,
inside the coop behind home
plate at Yankee Stadium, Mel
Allen broadcast the play-by-
play of all Yankee home
games, first for radio, then
TV, too.
He rated the best seat at 20
World Series and 24 All-Star
games, covering the years of
the Yankee Dynasty, when
Joe McCarthy and Casey
Stengel managed the guys to

Gerry Morris is a freelance
writer.

14 pennants in 16 years and
when the players had names
like Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio
and Mantle. With the sounds
and smells of another season,
we can hear his Alabamian
drawl echoing from our
youthful memories. Like the
game itself, the magnetic
voice of Mel Allen is timeless.
Today, at 77, the lifelong
bachelor lives with his sister
in Greenwich, Conn. Despite
all the years in New York, the
tall, mash-nosed sportscaster
still has a lot of that country
boy in him. He's as en-
thusiastic now about the
game as he was in 1939,
when he broadcast his first
game.
Asked about his trademark
phrase: "How about that!," he
was off and running. "It was
a common expression
throughout the South, and

yet people up North thought
I invented it," he replied, still
marveling at the notoriety.
According to Mel, the ex-
clamation started during the
crucial Red Sox-Yankees
series of 1949.."Joe DiMaggio
had missed the first 65 games
of the year because of an in-
jured heel," he recalled.
"When he got a hit his first
time up, I shouted into the
microphone, 'How about that!'
And I said it every time Joe
belted a home run in the
three-game series." (DiMag-
gio hit four homers, drove in
nine runs, and led the team in
a sweep.) Thereafter, followers
referred to Mel as "Mr. How
About That."
Fans claim that Allen could
make even the most boring
game sound exciting. As they
listened to their walnut-
stained radios back then, Mel

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