definitely deserves his own thread.
one of the best broadcasters of all time, and a better man than he was a broadcaster, so that's saying something.
was only a matter of time, but it's still too soon. RIP, Ernie.
I want to express my sincerest condolences on your loss Tigers fans. We in the Bay Area know what it's like when that great voice on the radio passes on, as our Bill King died just a couple of years ago. Additionally, my grandmother passed this time last year from bile-duct cancer. I can only hope that God took Ernie like when he took my grandmother, before she needed the pain meds.
Ernie's passing really puts things into perceptive. He was a great broadcaster, but even a better man and in the end the latter really matters most. Many nights i fell asleep listening to Ernie and Paul on the radio, he almost like a grandpa to me. And if anyone was lucky enough to meet Ernie in real life, he was a genuine of a man as you could find.
My thoughts are with the Harwell family, the Detroit Tigers and Tigers fans today with the news of Ernie losing his battle with cancer. He was one of the all-time greats and he is missed already. I love the city of Detroit - I've been there a few times for Red Wings and Tigers games - and I feel for everyone there today.
My Dad grew up listening to Ernie (he played ball, and may have gone pro if he didn't blow his knee out) and therefore I always knew that Ernie was the Tigers... It's hard to explain how a public figure that I've never met can mean so much... I remember last September when he came out and spoke that my Dad nearly teared up...
Ernie was the best play by play announcer I have ever heard. I've never been a huge baseball fan but my dad was. He was a pretty good pitcher and was offered a minor league contract by the St. Louis Cardinals organization out of high school. I'll always remember listening to Ernie on WJR with him. I haven't lived in Michigan for a long time and a few things can transport me back - Ernie's voice does it every single time.
So now Ernie is gone but he will never forgotten . Godspeed Ernie Harwell.