At the age of 92. It is a sad day for Tigers fans everywhere.
OT: Ernie Harwell passes away
Very sad to hear, Ernie WAS Detroit Tigers baseball for a lot of people for many years. But here's a guy who lived a remarkable life and will be sorely missed. RIP
Very sad. One of the great men in the history of the state of Michigan.
this is sad for me since I can remember I would listen to tiger games and hear Ernie Harwell call the game. He was a major reason that me and probadly others became tiger fans. My best wishes go out to his wife Lulu and his family.
Probably almost all of us grew up learning baseball listening to Ernie Harwell. I remember asking my dad how he knew where everyone in the crowd was from, and my dad would answer he asks them before the game! :) "A man from Mount Pleasant grabbed that foul ball."
My dad gave me the same answer when I asked him that same question a "looonnngg gone" time ago.
greatest tiger ever
I know exactly what your saying, a very special man has passed away today. He's in a better place now though, have to look at the positive, no matter how hard it is to think there is one. He had a long difficult battle, and is much better now. Very sad day.
He'll be greatly missed. Grew up listening to him call Tigers games like everyone else in this state.
Stupid human mortality.
Sorry to hear this. Condolences and respect from Yankee land.
I am really, genuinely sorry to hear of Harwell's passing. I know he had been fighting and struggling for a long time, but it's always sad when such an icon is snuffed out.
I still remember listening to him with my great grandmother as a little boy as she listened to him every night until her passing. She thought he was the best.
Thanks for the amazing memories Ernie, baseball will surely stand there like the house by the side of road to honor you...
His voice always reminded me of summer.
Ernie was a great, great man because he was a good man. The best ever.
I know we knew this was coming, but it doesn't make it any easier.
We were lucky to have him around as long as we did. RIP.
What an awesome dude. Detroit and the whole state of Michigan will miss you Ernie. RIP.
I was saddened to hear this. I'm not a baseball fan by any stretch of the imagination, but anybody can respect what he did for Tigers baseball. An absolute legend and a pure class act. He will be missed by many, many people. Let's go wings, win one for Ernie.
Kind of a nice tribute to him for any of you interested:
It's like a piece of everything good and pure has passed...
The first Tigers game I ever heard was with Ernie calling it. Over the years he was like a best friend. Always calling the game with balance and class. It was all about the game first and the Tigers second with Ernie.
It is a passing of an era the likes of which we will probably not see again.
My deepest respect to the Harwell family. As much as he meant to us, he was so much more to them.
(A footnote - he passed before Tiger Stadium was leveled. That would have pained him more.)
(A footnote - he passed before Tiger Stadium was leveled. That would have pained him more.)
Unfortunately, he didn't. Tiger Stadium beat him to the great diamond in the sky by a few months.
But I am very happy he made it to Opening Day and got to see some of the season.
Ironically enough, Bo fired him once...
For the record, it was not Bo's call to fire Harwell. The Tiger organization unjustly made him take the fall for it. To his credit, he held his tongue about it for a long time.
Ernie's heaven will be reliving the '84 season while Haray Caray's hell will be reliving the '84 season.
Ernie, you're in a better place now...there has to be baseball in heaven!
Ernie is now LOOOOOOOOOOONG GONE! He moves on to call the Tigers games in heaven. I can hear him calling a Ty Cobb triple in the back of my brain already. Thanks for letting me listen to your voice each and every night. Ernie, we love you. RIP, friend.
Baseball lost a god today.
I will miss his voice, his love for the game, and his community impact.
See you in Heaven, Ernie.
Thanks for everything Mr. Harwell.
One of the best announcers for any sport ever. He's a class act.
Ernie will always be the voice of Summer.
Rest In Peace to the best baseball voice I ever heard. I am 21 years old now and can remember listening to him in the summertime because my dad would rather listen to him than the TV announcers. He was simply the best and will be missed by all. Thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.
He may be long gone, but he will always be the voice of the Tigers. RIP Ernie
His voice will always remind of warm summer nights in the D w/ his voice echoing in our garage....hanging out w/ my Dad just being a kid. Ernie thank you.
"I'm not leaving, folks. I'll still be with you, living my life in Michigan, my home state, surrounded by family and friends. And rather than goodbye, please allow me to say thank you. Thank you for letting me become part of your family. Thank you for taking me with you to that cottage up north, to the beach, the picnic, your work place, or your backyard. Thank you for sneaking your transistor radio under the pillow as you grew up loving the Tigers. I might have been a small part of your life. But you have been a very large part of mine."
Best color comentator of all time. the first year i started watching the tigers when i was 8 was his last year
Older folk (and not that much older) will tell you Ernie was decidedly not a color commentator.
That always sounded like such a natural thing to say for a double play, it took me a while to realize that was an Ernie thing. Seems like that was always Ernie's way - never ostentatious.
"He stood there like the house by the side of the road" was always my personal favorite. I liked that a lot better than "excessive window shopping."
I am proud to have graduated with him
Ya i know, but i only heard him on tv in those few years. i know he was a great radio broadcaster
A couple of my favorite Ernie related items:
- Only announcer to be traded for a player. Brooklyn Dodgers traded a catcher to bring him in.
- "Stood there like a house by the side of the road"
- "Foul ball caught by a man from Ann Arbor" (or some other random town that changed for every foul)
- "That one was right down Woodward"
You'll be missed Ernie. You were the best.
As a kid, it always amazed me that Ernie knew where everybody who caught foul balls was from. As an adult, it still amazed me. How the heck did he know so many people?
As a Yooper kid, I grew up listening to both Ernie and Bob Ueker on AM radio. I thought they were both great. RIP Ernie. You will be missed.
The passing of a great. Really the end of an era for the Tigers and Detroit sports.
I grew up a Yankee fan but always liked the Tigers, especially from my time at UM and Ernie was The Man.
God bless you Ernie! You will be missed. Truly one-of-a-kind.
At least he was able to go peacefully, spending his final months at home with his family.
I know this sounds cliche and all, but the best part about Ernie was his voice and the delivery. You could just have the game on and kind of be at peace. His flow and tone and pace were just perfect for baseball. Just relax and listen to the game. A lot of the guys out there now could learn a lesson on how to be an individual and have catch phrases, but never come off lke you're trying to steal the show.
This is one of the saddest events in a long time for me. I listened to him every night growing up. I loved his calls about "he stood there like a house on the side of the road and watched it go by" and "a lovely lady from _________ (fill in the Michigan city) is taken home that souvenir tonight.
Ernie meant more to Detroit than any athlete or mayor. He lived for that city and I hope his legacy can carry on to the next generations that never got the joy of experiencing him.
Well said. I hear his voice and I am immediately 6 years old in the attic watching TV with my brother.
RIP Ernie. Thanks for the memories.
When I was a kid, I used to fall asleep listening to Tiger games on an old AM radio during the summer, listening to Ernie. As sad day for all baseball fans.
When I think of great announcers, none top the list above the great Ernie Harwell. I spent many nights falling asleep as a kid listening to him call games. I'll speak for all Tigers and all sports fans when I say thanks for the memories. RIP, and Go Tigers!!!
The world has truely lost a great man with his passing... There are not enough human beings like him, yet how could there be anyone like him.
Was part of all of our families. Like the cool Uncle you had or always wanted. Im a grown man and I can honestly say I will miss this man.
How Denny McLain continues to walk the face of this earth while Ernie Harwell is gone is beyond me. It blows my mind.
Sometimes there is no justice in this world.
Let's not get carried away. Harwell lived 92 years. It's sad that he's gone, but he had an incredibly rich, full life. McClain is 26 years younger than Harwell, so it's kind of an odd comparison.
Ernie Harwell helped me survive the 1990s as a Tigers fan. I will forever be indebted to him for that. Hopefully up above he'll finally get to meet that guy from Saginaw, or that woman from Sterling Heights, or that kid from Ludington.
Ernie was a class act through and through. He was and always will be my favorite broadcaster.
He was that voice I always heard while spending carefree summer days at my grandma's house. I will miss him.
When I was young, I would come inside from my parents pool on gorgeous weekend summer days, even though my dad had the game on the radio outside, just to hear Ernie and Al announce.
I'll never forget that.
He was bigger than baseball. Bigger than the Tigers. Bigger than summer by the pool.
but his voice will echo throughout Michigan summers for years to come. Thanks for sharing yourself with so many of us for so many years, Ernie.
Between Ernie and Paul Carey on WJR and George Kell and Al Kaline on Channel 4, we had it pretty damned good for long time.
The Kell/Kaline team was fantastic. I can respect Mario and Rod, but they can't even hold a candle to those guys.
We were truly fortunate to have Harwell/Carey and Kell/Kaline to get us through the summer and Bruce Martyn and Sid Abel to get us through the winter.
I'll always remember Ernie through my dad, who taught me in Pee Wee league to swing the bat and not, as Ernie would say, stand there like a house by the side of the road. Every time I see a player watch strike three, I'm still repeating that.
Rod and Mario will never be as entertaining again, simply because I will think of Ernie every time I watch the Tigers.
I have his autograph somewhere. He was just... standing there in the aisle way at a game, well after he'd retired. I didn't even know who he was, but dad told me, and he was so gracious to sign my poster.
but there is nothing OT about Ernie Harwell.
All of us who listened to him were privileged.
Waaaay back in the day, my dad took my sister and I to the last game Ernie did before he was prematurely let go in '91. Still remember that day like it was yesterday.
Isn't it amazing that it seems like everybody's favorite memories of childhood in metro Detroit involve spending time somewhere in Tiger Stadium? And they all involve Ernie in one way or another.
A truly incredible human being.
God bless Ernie Harwell. You will forever be the voice of summer.
"For, lo, the winter is past, The rain is over and gone; The flowers appear on the earth; The time of the singing of birds is come, And the voice of the turtle is heard in our land."
Adelson nailed it on Yahoo:
"We eventually grew up and learned fancy stats like WHIP and OBP. We learned about steroids and labor deals. We learned that players have complicated lives off the field. They don’t just wait at the ballpark until Ernie gets there to turn Tiger Stadium on. We learned that the sports world isn’t as pure or polite as Ernie made it seem.But we learned Ernie was pure and polite."
The theme he plays on is that we still hear Ernie. He's this voice that you know as well as anybody's, and you associate it with Alan Trammell coming to bat.
He loved the game, and we loved the game, because the way Ernie described it, it was impossible not to love it.
i only now appreciate how ernie would be silent sometimes for the five or six or ten seconds between pitches, and you could hear the sounds of the ballpark come clamoring in and then a simple "ball two" and then silence again for a bit. this is invariably the lullaby of my youth.
When I was a boy and couldn't sleep or was scared by a storm, my dad would bring in the radio, and Ernie Harwell and the Tigers would keep me company until I would finally drift off. More than just a broadcaster.
Ernie Harwell made the call on countless tape measure blasts I hit off Nolan Ryan. Looong gone over the hedge and into the Shaws' backyard. Thanks, Ernie.
Here's the inevitable (and very worthy) Facebook cause...
A huge part of living baseball history has passed. When you consider that Ernie was broadcasting for the Dodgers when Jackie Robinson was breaking the color barrier. That Ernie was present making his call when Bobby Thomson hit the "Shot Heard Round the World". Ernie saw so many great players in his career; DiMaggio, Mantle, Robinson, Bob Gibson, Kaline. It's just amazing to me that one guy had so much first-hand experience with baseball history. A life well-spent.
You will be dearly missed.