Allen Barra

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Allen Barra (born in Birmingham) is a sports columnist for the Wall Street Journal and He regularly appears on Major League Baseball Radio.

Barra graduated from Mountain Brook High School and from UAB.

Barra’s work has appeared in various alternative publications, including The Paperman, Birmingham After Dark, The Birmingham Reporter, the Southsider, Boz Art, Creative Loafing, Blue Note, Southern Style, Fun & Stuff, the Birmingham Weekly and Weld. He worked for a time as an editor for American Heritage.

Barra is the author of several books, including Rickwood Field: A Century in America’s Oldest Ballpark, The Last Coach, and Yogi Berra: Eternal Yankee.

He is a resident of South Orange, New Jersey. He and his wife, Jonelle, have one child.


  • Barra, Allen (2010) Rickwood Field: A Century in America’s Oldest Ballpark
  • Barra, Allen (2010) Yogi Berra: Eternal Yankee
  • Barra, Allen (2003) Clearing the Bases
  • Barra, Allen (2006) The Last Coach: A Life of Paul “Bear” Bryant
  • Barra, Allen (2014) Mickey and Willie: Mantle and Mays, the Parallel Lives of Baseball’s Golden Age


  • "Allen Barra" (September 20, 2017) Wikipedia - accessed December 1, 2017