|Ernie Harwell (1918 - 2010)
||[May. 5th, 2010|06:17 pm]
Ernie died yesterday due to complications from cancer. Detroiters knew this day was coming; he had said farewell to the city and the fans last fall, after doctors discovered terminal cancer in his bile duct. We didn't think he'd live to see the new year, so it was amazing that he lived long enough to see the start of this season.
He was the most legendary of all Detroit sports broadcasters. I grew up with his gentle voice on the radio, telling me about what the Detroit "Tiguhz" were doing at the tops and bottoms of innings. He was a pure broadcaster, interjecting very little opinion into his work. He had particular habits, such as a tendency to declare a home run "looooong gone," or a foul ball being caught by some fan from a random town around Michigan. Of course, he didn't know who actually caught the ball, but it was a nice touch to make the broadcast feel more personal. And he had been around for almost all of the important games and plays in MLB history, having called more than a few of those games himself, so he was never without an interesting story to tell. No one did baseball games like Ernie did. He was amazing every time he sat down with a microphone.
I will miss him. Thank you, Ernie, for your enjoyable broadcasts.