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Maury Allen, Famed New York Post Sportswriter and Author, Dead at 78

A few names were easy to conjure up for baseball in New York during the 1950s–Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, and Duke Snider.

But another name was just as synonymous for the game in the years that followed.

Maury Allen spent decades as a baseball writer and columnist. His most well-known stint was for the New York Post, where his 27 years took him from Mantle and Roger Maris to Doc Gooden and Darryl Strawberry.

Len Berman shares his memories of Allen after the jump.

“Whenever we needed a baseball historian, Maury was our go to guy,” Berman, the former longtime WNBC sports anchor, tells FishbowlNY. “We considered him ‘Mr. New York Baseball.’”

Allen was also a prolific author, penning 38 sports books throughout his career. There were biographies on stars ranging from Jackie Robinson to Joe Namath.

His final book, published earlier this year, was on 1940s controversial Yankees and Dodgers outfielder Dixie Walker.

Growing up in Brooklyn, Allen was a huge Dodgers fan. However, he was most associated with covering the Yankees during his time at the Post.

“He always seemed to love his work,” Berman recalls.

Allen was immortalized on the screen by playing a sportswriter in The Odd Couple.

He was a member of the Baseball Writers Association of America, and for 35 years he was a voter for the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Allen has his own place in five halls of fame, including enshrinement in the International Sports Hall of Fame and James Madison High Hall of Fame.

Since 2001, Allen had been a contributor for Thecolumnists.com.

Allen died Sunday night at his Cedar Grove, N.J., home. The cause was lymphoma.

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