Ernie Harwell’s Definition of Baseball

Ernie Harwell was a true gentleman. An old-school gentleman who wasn’t afraid to show emotion and talk about how much he cared about his marriage and his wife. We were lucky to have him as the announcer for the Detroit Tigers for 42 seasons, and then as an occasional commentator after his retirement. He passed on eight years ago now, with his wife of 68 years, his beloved Lulu, and his four children at his bedside. His bronze statue graces the Detroit stadium where the Tigers now play.

FILE — This is a Sept. 15, 2002, file photo showing Detroit Tigers Hall of Fame broadcaster Ernie Harwell pausing near a statue honoring him that was unveiled inside the entrance to Comerica Park in Detroit, prior to a Tigers game against the Kansas City Royals. The Detroit Free Press reports that Harwell will be honored Wednesday night, Sept. 16, 2009, during a game against the Kansas City Royals. The 91-year-old recently announced he has inoperable cancer. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)


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4 Responses to Ernie Harwell’s Definition of Baseball

  1. stella says:

    Ernie Harwell read this every Spring Training.

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  2. stella says:

    In 1948, Harwell became the only announcer in baseball history to be traded for a player when the Brooklyn Dodgers’ general manager, Branch Rickey, traded catcher Cliff Dapper to the Crackers in exchange for breaking Harwell’s broadcasting contract. (Harwell was brought to Brooklyn to substitute for regular Dodger announcer Red Barber, who was hospitalized with a bleeding ulcer.)

    Harwell broadcast for the Dodgers through 1949, the New York Giants from 1950-53, and the Baltimore Orioles from 1954-59. Early in his career, he also broadcast The Masters golf tournament, as well as pro and college football.

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  3. I warmly recall listening to Ernie Harwell on the AM radio in Dad’s ’68 Delta 88 Olds. My sister and I in the rode in the back seat on the way home from the evening service at Church and heading for the Dairy Deluxe at 14-1/2 mile and Woodward Ave. Sunday nights were always something to look forward to.

    Ernie Harwell was as much a part of my childhood summer as anything I can remember. He inspired me by his genuineness and character- even though I didn’t know what those were at that age. I could feel them, and they were a strong influence on me.

    Thank you Stella for this post.


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    • stella says:

      One memory I have is a beautiful day in the fall, reading in my bedroom, and listening to Ernie and Paul do the play by play of the 1984 world series. I still remember the sun and warm wind.

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