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Sargon  (Level: 112.9 - Posts: 1256)
Sat, 5th Sep '09 5:27 AM


Sad news in Michigan. Baseball Hall of Fame announcer Ernie Harwell has inoperable cancer.

How lucky I was to have Ernie calling the games for the Detroit Tigers when I was growing up. He had a wonderful combination of a unique voice, love and knowledge of baseball, and a folksy charm.

Lowiq  (Level: 218.5 - Posts: 1955)
Sat, 5th Sep '09 7:51 AM

Sorry for Mr. Harwell. He had one of the most recognizable voices in radio and a great guy to represent the sport of baseball.

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sat, 5th Sep '09 7:57 AM

I'm not familiar with him. Great baseball announcers on the whole, rock, though! Sorry for your loss.

Alvandy  (Level: 241.6 - Posts: 7717)
Sat, 5th Sep '09 8:02 AM

That is sad news. I've heard Mr. Harwell many times while listening to baseball games on the Tigers radio network. A very unique style and one of the most professional of all announcers.

Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Sat, 5th Sep '09 9:27 AM

My Tiger listening goes all the way back to Harry Heilmann, Van Patrick, etc, but Ernie was the best. I used to enjoy his "And that foul ball was caught by a gentleman from Howell Michigan", or some other Michigan Town. Everybody wondered how he knew where they were from. Actually, he just made them up. His "Long Gone" and the well known "He stood there like a house on the side of the road" were other Harwellisms.
His cancer is in the bile duct, a rare and terminal condition.

Tuzilla  (Level: 146.4 - Posts: 3843)
Sat, 5th Sep '09 1:12 PM

I was listening to the talk about this during the game last night. It is sad. He is one of the greatest of the great. Many of the other greats say he is the best. His picturesque language could describe a game and keep your attention like no other. Vin Scully's speech at his retirement was a masterpiece.

One of his trademarks was saying something to the likes of: "And a lucky fan from (insert a city from anywhere in Michigan, or possibly northern Ohio) is taking that one home.:" I can remember as a youth wondering how that info got passed up to him so quickly. I had visions of rally shouts from dedicated fans.

Lynnm  (Level: 237.8 - Posts: 2048)
Sat, 5th Sep '09 6:55 PM

Harwell is the voice of baseball. I'm sorry he is ill - the game he loves will miss him.

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