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Ernie Harwell says goodbye to Tigers fans

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Smasher_Sloan, Sep 17, 2009.

  1. Smasher_Sloan

    Smasher_Sloan Active Member

    Must have been quite a moment. They stopped the game and Ernie Harwell came out and addressed fans.

    The columns:

    Bob Wojnowski:

    http://www.detnews.com/article/20090917/OPINION03/909170391/1004/Ernie-Harwell-s-farewell-comes-amid-tears-and-cheers

    Michael Rosenberg:

    http://www.freep.com/article/20090917/COL22/909170604/1048/sports/Fans-will-hear-Harwell-forever

    Drew Sharp:

    http://www.freep.com/article/20090917/COL08/909170590/1048/sports/Bless-you--Ernie
     
  2. Hank_Scorpio

    Hank_Scorpio Active Member

    Also posted this on the baseball thread, here's a link to a Steve Kornacki column. It also has video of Harwell's short speech in the third inning.

    http://www.mlive.com/tigers/index.ssf/2009/09/in_the_face_of_death_ernie_har.html
     
  3. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    Growing up on the West Coast, I didn't get to hear Harwell until he started doing the radio network games for the World Series. What a treat. Harwell is simply one of the all-timers.
     
  4. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    Great stuff from all those columnists. And that video...pure class. What an icon.
     
  5. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    Ernie still sounds strong. Will be a sad day indeed when he passes.
     
  6. bigpern23

    bigpern23 Well-Known Member

    His voice is pure baseball ... just perfect chords and cadence for the boys of summer.

    I met him once when I was a cub (not Cubs) reporter and he was quite gracious. My friend and I did a baseball road trip and we had press credentials at Comerica. My friends dad grew up a Tigers fan and ADORES Ernie Harwell.

    As we walked through the press box before the game, Ernie left his booth to grab a drink or something and we walked almost smack into him. My friend told him how much his father loved growing up listening to him and how he was going to be jealous that his son got a chance to meet him. I don't even really remember exactly what Ernie said in response - I think he just thanked him for the kind words and said he was blessed to have a job he loves - but seeing him speak and hearing his voice, all I could think of was, "THAT'S how a radio announcer should sound."

    Definitely one of the highlights of my young career.
     
  7. mustangj17

    mustangj17 Active Member

    Couldn't believe how good he looked walking out on the field. He's 91 and dying of cancer and he's walking like a healthy 70-year-old.
     
  8. WolvEagle

    WolvEagle Active Member

    I can't think of anyone in Michigan, from any walk of life, who is more beloved than Ernie.
     
  9. forever_town

    forever_town Active Member

    Great anecdotes from Brandon Inge about being the only current Tiger to have played while Harwell was the broadcaster.
     
  10. I Should Coco

    I Should Coco Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the links -- both to the video and to the Sharp column.

    When snow, mud and cold was all around me during my time in upper/northern Michigan, the voice of Ernie over the airwaves told me that despite the weather, summer was on its way. A great announcer (even though the Tigers were horrible then) and, from all accounts, a great, done-to-earth gentleman.

    His voice still sounds strong, and despite his physical woes, he seems to be very strong spiritually. I wish him the best in whatever time he has left.
     
  11. Yeah, well Bo sure fucked that up in the early 90s. I hope he's rotting in hell.
     
  12. Here's to Ernie from a White Sox fan. You're still the man, Ernie.
     
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