The Mel Allen Award was created to honor media members in the state who have made a lifetime contribution to sports through their work as a media member. The award is named after 1974 Hall of Fame Inductee Mel Allen from Birmingham who was known as the “Voice of the New York Yankees” for two decades; as well as narrated a weekly thirty minute television show in the 1960’s and 1970’s called “This Week in Major League Baseball.”
Ron Ingram graduated from the University of Alabama in 1974 with a degree in Journalism and a minor in Radio and Television. He served as a sports editor of the Dothan Progress from 1975-1981, then as sports editor of the Dothan Eagle from 1981-1984. He went on to become the prep sports editor of the Birmingham News in 1984 and remained there for 24 years. He then joined the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) as an assistant director in 2007. He has been named the Alabama Sports Writers Association Sports Writer of the Year and has captured the ASWA’s sweepstakes writing award in both 1987 and 1994.
In 2009, Ingram was inducted into the Wiregrass Sports Hall of Fame. He was also inducted into the Alabama Sports Writers Association Hall of Fame in 2013 and the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2015. Auburn University recognized him as the Alabama Community Journalist of the Year in 2012.
Former recipients of the Mel Allen award include John Pruitt (2014), George Smith (2014), and Tom Roberts (2015).
For ticket information to the Induction Banquet on Saturday, May 13th, at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, call the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame at 205-323-6665.
BamaMag.com spoke to Ingram on Friday afternoon at the ASHOF luncheon.