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May 04, 2010

Ernie Harwell dies: Longtime Detroit Tiger broadcaster Ernie Harwell dies at age 92 after battling cancer.

posted by jjzucal to baseball at 08:31 PM - 20 comments

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Thank you Ernie.

posted by tommytrump at 08:32 PM on May 04

Even in New Jersey, it was a pleasure listening to him when I could pick up Tiger games.

posted by jjzucal at 08:34 PM on May 04

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posted by TheQatarian at 08:43 PM on May 04

Lost a great announcer. Missed hearing him when we move out of state and WJR quit carring the Tiger games. The BEST baseball announcer , that is only my opinion. Thank you Ernie!!!

posted by coach at 09:21 PM on May 04

Loved ya Ern.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 09:46 PM on May 04

A legend in baseball announcing. A class act in everything.

posted by roberts at 09:59 PM on May 04

"...and a fan from Cloud 9 caught that foul ball..."

Gonna miss you, Ernie. Baseball just won't be the same...

posted by MeatSaber at 10:49 PM on May 04

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posted by tommytrump at 11:11 PM on May 04

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posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:22 PM on May 04

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posted by Scottymac at 11:41 PM on May 04

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Fantastic announcer, he most certainly will be missed.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 01:06 AM on May 05

In high school I worked in a parking lot. For a couple of years I had this crappy little alarm clock that could only pick up a few AM stations, but one of them was CBS Radio, which broadcast a couple of day games a week. Whomever picked the games was clearly biased toward Hall of Fame broadcasters: I regularly heard Ernie, Jack Buck, Vin Scully and Harry Kalas and that damned radio almost ruined sports for me. Hearing any one of those guys would make it clear to the meanest mind that the homogenization of sports announcing into bland Connecticut School of Broadcasting voices is misguided.

I never hear a player described as a "switch-hitter" that I don't hear Jack Buck calling him a "switch-batter" (because the former implies something that might not be so). I know some people complain about Jon Miller on ESPN, but I think (and this is clearly me getting old, not something that's true) we should embrace him to the exclusion of 100 Jim Nantzs.

Ernie Harwell and the rest belonged to an era when this country was just beginning to be one country, radio giving us instant access to thoughts from coast to coast, and I'd like to think their varied perspectives helped us understand each other a little better without trying to convince us all to think the same thing after watching ESPN Sunday Night Baseball Brought to You by The Home Depot, ©2010 ABC/ Disney.

posted by yerfatma at 08:32 AM on May 05

"I'm just a failed newspaper man."

posted by yerfatma at 09:12 AM on May 05

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posted by yzelda4045 at 09:54 AM on May 05

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posted by texpat at 11:07 AM on May 05

And only one legend remains. With the passing of each the game has been lessened due to the loss, but it is what they brought to the game that has made it as great as it is. It will be the voices of Ernie Harwell, Harry Kalas, Jack Buck, Harry Carey, and Curt Gowdy that we shall all here in our own private baseball heavens.

posted by Demophon at 01:13 PM on May 05

I am old enough and I have traveled enough that I have been privileged to have heard many of the greats, past and present. Ernie Harwell belongs with the best of them. I grew up right outside of Boston. When I was in my teens, I would place a radio in the window of my parents' bedroom so I could listen to Curt Gowdy call the Sox game while I cut the lawn (no power mower for me in those days). There's something about baseball and its pace that makes a radio description stimulate the imagination. Ernie Harwell was one whose descriptive abilities and vocal qualities made you see the game taking place in your mind.

R.I.P. Mr. Harwell.

posted by Howard_T at 03:12 PM on May 05

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posted by boredom_08 at 04:11 PM on May 05

Vin Scully, on Ernie Harwell

(link from tommytrump)

posted by justgary at 11:22 PM on May 05

And now we have the passing of Robin Roberts to add to the list. If these things come in threes, its gonna be a tense day in some HOF's houses

posted by Demophon at 08:20 PM on May 06

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