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dickallen15
05-04-2010, 07:32 PM
Gone today of cancer at the age of 92. A one of a kind.

VeeckAsInWreck
05-04-2010, 07:35 PM
Hall Of Fame Announcer Ernie Harwell passed away tonight. RIP Ernie, you were a class act all the way.


http://www.sportingnews.com/mlb/article/2010-05-04/ernie-harwell-dies-92-legendary-broadcaster-called-tigers-games-for-four-deca

DSpivack
05-04-2010, 07:50 PM
One of the last great ones. RIP.

Medford Bobby
05-04-2010, 08:20 PM
He was lucky to retire, still as a sharp broadcaster several years ago and knew when to say "goodbye".

Class act....I will feel this way about Vin Scully someday too....

october23sp
05-04-2010, 08:26 PM
One of the greats... His definition of baseball is one of the best things to hear.

JohnTucker0814
05-04-2010, 08:31 PM
One of the greats... His definition of baseball is one of the best things to hear.

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soxinem1
05-04-2010, 08:35 PM
A true original and a great individual.

RIP, Mr. Harwell.

thomas35forever
05-04-2010, 09:12 PM
RIP Ernie. Baseball won't be the same without you.

asindc
05-04-2010, 09:26 PM
A true pro and class act all the way. RIP Mr. Harwell.

Oblong
05-04-2010, 09:29 PM
I can't even put into words what Ernie meant to me. It gets said all the time when someone dies about what a nice person he or she was. In Ernie's case it was so so true. He treated everyone he came across with respect and dignity. All kinds of broadcasters and journalists talk about how it seemed that Ernie was their personal mentor. Always there to help out. He'd introduce himself to rookies and was very interested in what they had to say. A kind and gentle man.

God Bless you Ernie and congratulations on living a long and productive life. Thank you for making our memories of the game.

LongLiveFisk
05-04-2010, 09:37 PM
He seemed like a true professional and a good man.

RIP, Ernie. :(:

theamb
05-04-2010, 09:39 PM
Sad news indeed

RIP

SOXSINCE'70
05-04-2010, 09:47 PM
His strike 3 call always remains with me.
"He stood there like a house on the side of the road".:(:

Viva Medias B's
05-04-2010, 09:56 PM
RIP Ernie

He took everything, even his illness, in simple stride. When we learned that Ernie would be leaving us, his attitude about it was "Well, folks, that's baseball."

PKalltheway
05-04-2010, 10:02 PM
RIP Ernie. You were one of THE BEST.
:rip:

Oblong
05-04-2010, 10:24 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paWJl3qpUIM

Some brief highlights from his farewell address last year at Comerica Park. I was lucky enough to be there. Just happened to have those tickets in my package when he said he'd do it. It was our Lou Gehrig moment.

2:20 into it is his address to the crowd. Keep kleenex nearby.

ewokpelts
05-05-2010, 08:03 AM
always hard to say goodbye to one of the greats.

Paulwny
05-05-2010, 12:06 PM
RIP
No one was better !!!

Gavin
05-05-2010, 12:48 PM
While covering the 2005 Major League Baseball All-Star Game (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2005_Major_League_Baseball_All-Star_Game) in Detroit (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Detroit,_Michigan)'s Comerica Park (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comerica_Park), Zelasko angered many fans for her treatment of legendary broadcaster Ernie Harwell (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernie_Harwell). Many didn't like the way Zelasko abruptly--and in many fans' eyes, awkwardly--cut Harwell off just 17 seconds into a pre-game interview, as Harwell was detailing the accomplishments of famous Tiger Al Kaline (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Kaline).[2] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeanne_Zelasko#cite_note-1) Harwell later said he wasn't offended by Zelasko, and let the matter drop.

**** drove me crazy.

Marqhead
05-05-2010, 01:01 PM
**** drove me crazy.

I remember watching at the time and I couldn't believe how ****ing short she was with him. I was really anticipating hearing the story and she comes out and cuts him off like some clown. God damn that pissed me off.

soltrain21
05-05-2010, 01:48 PM
Great write up by Joe Pasnanski

http://heavemedia.com/music/929/the-glitch-mob-announce-more-tour-dates-remixes-krazy-baldhead

Oblong
05-05-2010, 02:23 PM
I remember watching at the time and I couldn't believe how ****ing short she was with him. I was really anticipating hearing the story and she comes out and cuts him off like some clown. God damn that pissed me off.

What made me mad was the way she said "Yeah well we could go on and on...." as if he's some rambling old man in a nursing home talking about spiders and rabbits.

But give her a break, they had to go do a taco bell promotion or talk about the yankees.

asindc
05-05-2010, 02:50 PM
Let's not tarnish our tribute thread to Mr. Harwell by further referencing JZ. She is not worthy.

All the Detroit fans I know revered Harwell, and were quite peeved when management forced him to retire the first time. My mother lives in Detroit, so I have had the privilege of listening to him on occasion over the years. Even for me, it is difficult to imagine Detroit baseball without him.

harwar
05-05-2010, 03:04 PM
most of the old stadiums i loved are gone and a lot of my favorite broadcasters also .. time is like a river i guess .. you get carried along with the current even if you don't much like the place it's taking you

Fenway
05-05-2010, 06:20 PM
Vin Scully who replaced Harwell in Brooklyn in 1950 reflects

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ernie14
05-05-2010, 06:37 PM
:(: This is really close to my heart.

He was my mom's favorite. My beautiful mom passed away 4 years

ago.

I WAS NAMED AFTER HIM !!!!!!! My son's middle name.

God, take good care of Ernie. Hug my mom, Ernie.

MarySwiss
05-05-2010, 06:44 PM
Let's not tarnish our tribute thread to Mr. Harwell by further referencing JZ. She is not worthy.

All the Detroit fans I know revered Harwell, and were quite peeved when management forced him to retire the first time. My mother lives in Detroit, so I have had the privilege of listening to him on occasion over the years. Even for me, it is difficult to imagine Detroit baseball without him.

I'd like to see us never reference JZ ever again under any circumstances.

And RIP, Mr. Harwell.

Daver
05-05-2010, 07:30 PM
Hunting trips in Michigan when I was a kid led me to listen to Ernie , and he made me prefer baseball broadcasts on radio to TV. A true great and a class act, his contribution to the sport will stand forever, as well it should, RIP Mr. Harwell.

Oblong
05-10-2010, 07:17 AM
tonight the team is going to honor Ernie before the game against the Yankees. His longtime partner Paul Carey (the voice of God!) will throw out the first pitch. They will raise a flag with his initials. And his good friend Jose Feliciano will sing the National Anthem. There's a backstory there as Ernie picked Jose to sing it before game 5 of the 1968 World Series. He played it in his style and that caused a lot of protests with veterans. Ernie almost lost his job over it. I've heard the rendition, you can find it on youtube and I think it's beautiful. Ernie is a Marine and if he liked it it's good enough for me.

I also wanted to share part II of his final interview because I think you'll get a kick out of it. His first MLB baseball game as a kid was at Comiskey Park. He talks about the experience.

http://www.freep.com/article/20100510/SPORTS02/5100325/1319/There-were-a-few-offers.-I-didnt-really-want-to-move