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Voice of the Detroit Tigers, Ernie Harwell Passed Away

Posted on 05/04/2010 5:19:01 PM PDT by FrdmLvr

A great man! Rest in Peace, Mr. Harwell.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernie_Harwell


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: ernieharwell; mi; mlb; obituary; tigers

1 posted on 05/04/2010 5:19:02 PM PDT by FrdmLvr
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To: FrdmLvr

He made it to a new season.

That man’s voice is as familiar to me as anyone in my immediate family.


2 posted on 05/04/2010 5:22:28 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: cripplecreek

Rest in Peace, Ernie. Your voice will live forever.


3 posted on 05/04/2010 5:27:36 PM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (How do I change my screen name now that we have the most conservative government in the world?)
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To: FrdmLvr
Prayers and condolences.

Mr. Harwell was and shall remain an absolute gem of a human.

His voice calling games was wonderful as we all know. i’m struck with memories of enjoying Earnie’s soothing voice eminate from a John Deere tractor fender radio across the hazy summer fields of Michigan.

As the last foul tip, a great human from Detroit is taking that ball home.

God Bless you, Earnie!!! May God continue to bless your family.

4 posted on 05/04/2010 5:28:27 PM PDT by Voter62vb
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To: cripplecreek

“I praise the Lord here today. I know that all my talent and all my ability comes from him, and without him I’m nothing and I thank him for his great blessing.”

“We had a dog in those days named Blue Grass and the players used to give us their Wheaties for him. Blue Grass loved Wheaties and so did I.”

“God blessed me by putting me here for thirty-one years at Michigan and Trumbull.”

“And he stood there like a house by the side of the road”


5 posted on 05/04/2010 5:29:25 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Voter62vb

Mario and Rod are OK as far as broadcasting televised games goes but Ernie was an artist. With Ernie you could sit in the shade listening to the radio and actually see the game and the whole time he told stories and history from his long lifetime.

They just don’t make them like that anymore.


6 posted on 05/04/2010 5:34:55 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: grellis

Ernie Harwell has joined Westlander to watch the greats play ball.


7 posted on 05/04/2010 5:39:36 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: FrdmLvr

RIP Mr. Harwell.

From a braves fan.


8 posted on 05/04/2010 5:41:28 PM PDT by Vigilantcitizen
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To: cripplecreek

Geez...the memories, grew up listening to Ernie on the kitchen radio. No one called a game like him. He handled his illness like he did his life, with class!


9 posted on 05/04/2010 5:41:34 PM PDT by JohnD9207 (REGISTERED RIGHT WING THUG!)
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To: FrdmLvr

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paWJl3qpUIM&feature=related

Ernie Harwell Farewell Address


10 posted on 05/04/2010 5:41:49 PM PDT by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: FrdmLvr
Oh those summer days at the Rod & Gun Club, sitting on the grass fishing, listening to Ernie and Paul call an afternoon game.

Life will be a little emptier from now on.

11 posted on 05/04/2010 5:42:44 PM PDT by TonyInOhio ( Live free or die: Death is not the worst of evils.)
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To: FrdmLvr
Ernie Harwell received an honorary degree from the University of Michigan at my daughter's commencement two years ago. It was a great day. NO Obama! Ernie received the biggest ovation of the morning. His voice was the sound of summer.
12 posted on 05/04/2010 5:43:42 PM PDT by stayathomemom (Beware of cat attacks while typing!)
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To: FrdmLvr

How sad. A loss to baseball and broadcasting. Harwell was a true titan of the business.

In his book, Ernie remembered working a season with the Orioles paired with the voice of my youth, Hall of Fame broadcaster Herb Carneal, who went on to become the only voice of my beloved Minnesota Twins.

What a pairing THAT would have been to listen to.

Rest in peace, Ernie.


13 posted on 05/04/2010 5:45:11 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (No apologies.)
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To: cripplecreek

Yeah he was the best.

I remember so often he would start a story and you would be just hungry for him to finish it but the inning would end or a great play would develop.

Another person on this thread remarked Ernie’s voice was as familiar as family. Agreed.


14 posted on 05/04/2010 5:46:50 PM PDT by Voter62vb
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To: stayathomemom

“His voice was the sound of summer.”

Very true. I used to mow the lawn listening to the Tiger broadcast. Truly a giant. Didn’t have the national recognition of the biggest names, even though he deserved it, and Ernie wouldn’t have had it any other way.


15 posted on 05/04/2010 5:47:10 PM PDT by Lost Highway (I don't know what the world may need but a V8 engines a good start for me)
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To: FrdmLvr
You'll be missed Ernie. RIP.

From a Yankees fan.

16 posted on 05/04/2010 5:55:05 PM PDT by Repeal 16-17 (Let me know when the Shooting starts.)
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To: BookmanTheJanitor

That was an awesome speech (minus teleprompters) and you can tell that he was truly loved by the crowd.

I especially like the part about God sending him on a blessed journey.


17 posted on 05/04/2010 5:59:26 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: stayathomemom
His voice WAS the sound of summer! Some of my earliest recollections were of hearing Ernie Harwell on the transistor radio while my dad did his Saturday chores on a breezy summer afternoon. That was in the early 60's before the games were on TV 24/7.

"Caught him standing like a house by the side of the road!"

"Loooonng gone!"

18 posted on 05/04/2010 5:59:31 PM PDT by FrdmLvr ( 0bama: Our first AINO president)
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To: FrdmLvr

Thank you Ernie....Farewell And Godspeed


19 posted on 05/04/2010 6:08:09 PM PDT by RckyRaCoCo
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To: FrdmLvr

Lots of great memories of spending the summer listening to Harwell and Carey... Ernie was an encyclopedia of baseball and even when a game was really going slow he made it entertaining and informative.

I’m watching the Tigers/Twins game right now and in between innings they’re playing clips of some of classic Harwell moments in Tigers history.

RIP Ernie!


20 posted on 05/04/2010 6:20:50 PM PDT by WrightOnTarget
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To: RckyRaCoCo

We, in Michigan, have lost a real friend.


21 posted on 05/04/2010 6:22:17 PM PDT by kempster
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To: WrightOnTarget

And on the Wings’ game, too.


22 posted on 05/04/2010 6:30:31 PM PDT by FrdmLvr ( 0bama: Our first AINO president)
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To: FrdmLvr

Do we even make men like this anymore?

Bless you, good sir. Michigan looses one of its few shining stars.


23 posted on 05/04/2010 6:40:25 PM PDT by VanDeKoik (Iran doesnt have a 2nd admendment. Ya s ee how that turned out?)
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To: cripplecreek

The flesh died, but the Spirit is with G-d, talking baseball....


24 posted on 05/04/2010 6:44:48 PM PDT by richardtavor
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To: FrdmLvr; sit-rep; CSM; Taffini; Westlander; PGalt; cripplecreek; Hot Tabasco; Niuhuru; grellis

Prayers.


25 posted on 05/04/2010 6:46:18 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: FrdmLvr
George Kell, center, and Ernie Harwell call a game from the booth at Tiger Stadium, with engineer Howard Stitzel in the background, in September 1961. Kell retired after the 1996 season, but Harwell called the Tigers games every year since the 1960 season except 1992, until his retirement in 2002.
26 posted on 05/04/2010 6:47:05 PM PDT by John W
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To: BookmanTheJanitor

Farewell, but hello...He and G-d are talking baseball as we speak..


27 posted on 05/04/2010 6:48:12 PM PDT by richardtavor
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To: Springman; sergeantdave; cyclotic; netmilsmom; RatsDawg; PGalt; FreedomHammer; queenkathy; ...
If you would like to be added or dropped from the Michigan ping list, please freepmail me.

Knowing this was coming sure doesn't make it any easier.

28 posted on 05/04/2010 7:20:26 PM PDT by grellis (I am Jill's overwhelming sense of disgust.)
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To: grellis

This reminds me that Phil Rizzuto has been gone from broadcasting since 1996 and passed in 2007. I miss Phil, maybe as much as you folks miss Ernie. I hope there’s baseball up there (and that I’m not starting the second game of the doubleheader tomorrow.)


29 posted on 05/04/2010 8:01:53 PM PDT by Tymesup
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To: Larry Lucido

Thanks for the ping. R.I.P. Mr. Ernie Harwell. Thank you, sir.


30 posted on 05/04/2010 9:18:12 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: Tymesup
I think the announcers are all what you are used to, and the familiarity. I spent a summer in Michigan back in the 80s, and wasn't that impressed with Harwell. But I know Tiger fans love the guy.

I spent time away from the Midwest, and when I came home, and heard the voice of the Twins, Herb Carneal, it just felt like home. And I'm sure people not from the upper Midwest, would just say, "eh".

31 posted on 05/04/2010 9:27:44 PM PDT by Pappy Smear (Support the presidency, end the policies.)
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To: FrdmLvr
Ernie Harwell was the voice of the Tigers, and one of the nicest people I've ever met.

He's in a better place now calling the big baseball game in the sky, and is no longer suffering from cancer.

32 posted on 05/04/2010 9:28:29 PM PDT by Darren McCarty (I don't look for leaders. I follow my own path, my way.)
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To: cripplecreek
With Ernie you could sit in the shade listening to the radio and actually see the game

I grew up in northern Michigan in the 50's and 60's. During those years I used to lay in bed at night listening to the Tigers and Ernie........ In the daytime my grandfather used to sit in the sun on his porch next door listening to every game....

I'll never forget nor forgive Bo Schembechler for letting Ernie go shortly after Schembechler took over as Tiger GM...........that sucked.

33 posted on 05/05/2010 4:07:29 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Peanut butter was just peanut butter until I found Free Republic.........)
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To: cripplecreek

Gotta get out my 1984 audio tapes and give them a listen today.


34 posted on 05/05/2010 4:17:41 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (We were hoping for flying unicorns that crapped skittles. We got nationalized health care.)
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To: cripplecreek

“I will not say goodbye, I will say thank you.”

RIP Ernie, I now feel like I have officially lost my childhood.


35 posted on 05/05/2010 5:50:03 AM PDT by CSM (Keeper of the "Dave Ramsey Fan" ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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