Yesterday the Detroit Tigers and baseball lost a dear friend, Ernie Harwell died. He had inoperable cancer of the bile duct.
If you are old enough to remember listening to him on the radio, like I am, not only did he deliver the play-by-play, he made you feel like you were at the ballpark. You felt the energy of the crowd with every call he made and sometimes I could even taste the hot dogs! Today, I've been listening to every radio and TV station remember Ernie in some way. His clever anecdotes...."He stood there like the house by the side of the road" on a called looked third strike or "A fan from (insert a Michigan city) caught that one" on a foul ball into the stands. And my favorite....."It's Looong Gone!!!" describing a Tigers homerun. There were so many! These will be etched in our hearts and minds forever.
Ernie Harwell was THE voice of Tigers baseball for over 40 years. Through 3 AL Eastern Division Champions (72, 84 & 87), 2 American League Champions (68 & 84) and 2 World Series Champions (68 & 84).
I remember listening to Ernie Harwell and Paul Carey on the radio as a child. My dad always listened to the Tigers games and I have my dad to thank for introducing me to baseball. Every kid wanted to be like Ernie, pretending to call the game in his style and trying to mimic his voice, which I could never do.
Ernie.....you WILL be missed!!!
In his own words....
"Now, God has a new adventure for me and I'm ready to move on."
His adventure began yesterday evening what it is, I don't know. But I do know this, by his faith, he is on a glorious adventure and I look forward to hearing him again.
We Love You Ernie!!
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