RIP Ernie Harwell, the Tigers’ announcer extraordinaire

One of the greatest voices from baseball history went silent today as Ernie Harwell died at age 92. For 42 years, he was the voice of the Tigers. As a kid in the Midwest, I spent many evenings listening to him and partner Ray Lane on WJR radio  booming out of Detroit.

My all-time favorite memory of a Tigers’ broadcast came the night they clinched the American League pennant in 1968. I caught the final inning or two on the radio, then hung on to listen to the post-game celebration. While Harwell anchored from the booth, Lane went down to the Tigers’ locker room, where he was promptly seized by the players and thrown into the showers. But not before Jim “Grand Slam” Northrup grabbed the microphone and started interviewing his teammates.

Great baseball, great broadcasting.

Harwell had an outstanding career, and in retirement he courageously faced the cancer that claimed him.

To you, Ernie, a tip of the cap with a long, deep bow. You were one of the game’s greats.

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2 responses to “RIP Ernie Harwell, the Tigers’ announcer extraordinaire

  1. Roseann Fitzgerald

    Nice tribute, Dan. And thanks for including the link to the video and story on http://www.mlb.com. What a great broadcaster, and he even interviewed the infamous Ty Cobb. Wow.

  2. Pingback: Remembering – fondly – Jim “Grand Slam” Northrup of the Detroit Tigers | The Ball Caps Blog

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