Skip to comments.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.
He made it to a new season.
That man’s voice is as familiar to me as anyone in my immediate family.
Rest in Peace, Ernie. Your voice will live forever.
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.
“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”
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.
Ernie Harwell has joined Westlander to watch the greats play ball.
RIP Mr. Harwell.
From a braves fan.
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!
Ernie Harwell Farewell Address
Life will be a little emptier from now on.
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.
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.
“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.
From a Yankees fan.
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.
"Caught him standing like a house by the side of the road!"
Thank you Ernie....Farewell And Godspeed
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.
We, in Michigan, have lost a real friend.
And on the Wings’ game, too.
Do we even make men like this anymore?
Bless you, good sir. Michigan looses one of its few shining stars.
The flesh died, but the Spirit is with G-d, talking baseball....
Farewell, but hello...He and G-d are talking baseball as we speak..
Knowing this was coming sure doesn't make it any easier.
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.)
Thanks for the ping. R.I.P. Mr. Ernie Harwell. Thank you, sir.
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".
He's in a better place now calling the big baseball game in the sky, and is no longer suffering from cancer.
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.
Gotta get out my 1984 audio tapes and give them a listen today.
“I will not say goodbye, I will say thank you.”
RIP Ernie, I now feel like I have officially lost my childhood.